Dave Douglas – UPLIFT

LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere Road
SE1 8 XX


The fearless trumpeter and composer plays with a stylistic breadth that roams far and wide through the language of today’s jazz.  His most recent project brings together a typically fascinating band of like-minded spirits, including bassist and producer Bill Laswell – famed as producer of Herbie Hancock’s seminal Future Shock album – and one of today’s most original guitar voices, Mary Halvorson.   The music can be heard via Greenleaf Music and reflects Douglas’ commitment to positive action - twelve tracks being released monthly, each one devoted to a major issue of concern for this world and its people. 

‘All hands on deck. It’s imperative that all of us, together, work for positive change in this challenging moment - UPLIFT began as a reminder - to myself - to stay positive, stay active, and stay engaged. I hope this message reaches others through this music.’ (Dave Douglas)

Find out more about UPLIFT here.

‘The unassuming king of independent jazz’


This is an intriguing line up! Dave Douglas never stands still and is a tireless and brilliant composer. Mary Halvorson is a superb and always surprising guitarist. And then Bill Laswell - a master of the unexpected! It could go any way but I suspect this will be a treat.

(Jez Nelson at Jazz FM)