Dave Douglas
Photo by Austin Nelson

Friday, January 22, 2016, 8:00 pm
McCullough Theatre
$10.00 - $36.00

Divine Spark
Dave Douglas & Uri Caine
Present Joys
Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet
Love, Peace and Soul

Jazz Masters.
Spiritual Music.

Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music and KUTX’s “Sunday Morning Jazz” with Jay Trachtenberg

This amazing double-bill features an opening set by longtime collaborators Dave Douglas and Uri Caine, followed by Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet. Both sets are steeped in spirituality and inspired by the American church music traditions of Sacred Harp and Gospel.

Present Joys is a live performance based on the first-ever recorded set of duets between trumpeter Dave Douglas and Uri Caine, the first pianist in Douglas’ quintet. The material was inspired by the American “shape-note singing” tradition. These artifacts essentially preserved for generations a particular style of American sacred folk music, one with a simplicity and direct beauty that Douglas and Caine seek to express in this performance. The results are quite extraordinary.

From the start of his career as a bandleader in the early 1990s, Don Byron has reveled in interpreting music of a wildly diverse range of styles and artists. His latest project grows out of Byron’s in-depth studies of gospel music. Gospel pioneer Thomas A. Dorsey is a major inspiration, and Byron revisits some of the master songwriter’s works alongside other classics as well as lesser-known gems of the genre.

“In the past few years I have listened more intensively to black religious music than ever before. I am combining my own compositions with traditional Gospel pieces in a way I have not attempted before.” — Don Byron

“Douglas and Caine inject pure jazz qualities into the music. The intimacy of these duets makes the music blend together so that, at times, it’s hard to tell a new piece from something written over a century ago.” — JazzTimes

Don Byron

Photo by Dave Weiland

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