Have Horn, Will Travel - The Wall Street Journal

By Larry Blumenfeld

Sitting in the music room of his home in a wooded enclave of this Westchester village on a summer afternoon, Dave Douglas looked rested. The condition was temporary, the trumpeter made clear. He doesn’t stay put long. In April, he released his 39th album as a bandleader, “Time Travel,” on his independent label, Greenleaf Music. It arrived just two weeks after he turned 50, and to mark the occasion he wanted to perform in all 50 states.

“It’s not that easy from a business point of view,” he said. “There’s not really an infrastructure for touring everywhere in the U.S. But only the logistics are challenging. There are people who want to hear the music wherever I go.” Mr. Douglas has chalked up 30 states for this calendar year. Some of the most enthusiastic audiences, he said, have been in less-traveled locales such as Laramie, Wyo., and Des Moines, Iowa.

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