Monterey, CA; 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival Showcase Artist, trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas and his Quintet will perform his first public concert on the Monterey Peninsula prior to his appearance at the 56th Monterey Jazz Festival on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at Gardener Ranch in Carmel Valley in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the Big Sur Land Trust. The event, which runs from 12 noon to 4 p.m., includes a lunch buffet; a program hosted by Bill Leahy, Executive Director of the Big Sur Land Trust, and a concert by Dave Douglas Quintet celebrating this milepost occasion for the Land Trust’s conservation work over three decades. The concert will be a sneak preview of the Festival, which begins on September 20, and will benefit Monterey Jazz Festival’s Education Programs and the Big Sur Land Trust.
Concert tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/443238 and are $35 per person (for concert admission only). $70 admission includes a barbeque lunch by Good Time Catering, two beverages; wines by Galante, McIntyre, and Scheid Vineyards, and beer by North Coast Brewing Company, beginning at noon. The Gardener Ranch is located at 114 Carmel Valley Rd. in Carmel Valley Village. For more information, call the Big Sur Land Trust at 831.625.5523, ext. 103.
Dave Douglas and his band are considered some of the most exciting improvisers today. Douglas has released more than 30 recordings since 1993, and his unique contributions to improvised music have earned prestigious awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Aaron Copland Award, two GRAMMY nominations, and Trumpeter, Composer and Jazz Artist of the Year Awards from the Jazz Journalists Association, DownBeat, JazzTimes, and many others. His latest album, Time Travel, was called “first-class post-bop jazz” by the East Bay Express and that “[Douglas] breathes fresh life into the concept of the classic quintet lineup” according to Louisvillemusic.org.
In 2013, Dave Douglas has been exploring unlikely and outdoor locations for audiences for jazz and improvised music through his DD50 Project—where he will perform music in all 50 states, to celebrate his 50th birthday. The quintet also features Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston.
About Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival is devoted to education by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international programs. Schools in Monterey County have been the benefactors of the Festival’s educational efforts through the Traveling Clinicians Program, Summer Jazz Camp, Monterey County All-Star Bands, Next Generation Jazz Festival, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and Artist in Residence program.
About Big Sur Land Trust
Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, the mission of Big Sur Land Trust is to inspire love of the land and conservation of our treasured landscapes. In collaboration with partners and the community, the Land Trust has protected more than 38,000 acres of land since its inception. The Land Trust is committed to pursuing land and water conservation work that strengthens our communities and inspires a stewardship ethic so that Monterey County can maintain its unique and special place in the world. The goal and commitment of the Land Trust is to pursue resource conservation that supports the well-being of land and people and sustains our region’s unique quality of life for us all. For more information visit www.bigsurlandtrust.org.
About Gardener Ranch
Tucked along the banks of the Carmel River lies the newly refurbished Gardener Ranch. The property, built in 1948, has a rich history of hosting presidents, dignitaries, and movie stars seeking exclusive, private, and rustic charm. The property is an idyllic 24 acres of majestic oaks and lush meadows. www.gardenerranch.com