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Get a globeful of jazz on

The Union StaffBill Douglass brings his quartet back to Center for the Arts in Grass Valley Saturday for a Global Jazz Concert.
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After its successful first appearance in January at the Listen2Jazz concert series kickoff, the Bill Douglass Quartet returns Saturday to Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

“We do everything from (Thelonious) Monk and (Duke) Ellington to a Turkish piece, original tunes. It’s all improv, it’s jazz – that’s what we do,” Douglass said Wednesday.

The group includes Douglass on bass and flutes; Grammy nominee Paul McCandless on oboe, English horn, soprano saxophone and bass clarinet; Ian Dogole on African talking drum, udu (African clay pot), dumbek (Middle Eastern drum), a global drum set and kalimba (African thumb piano); and Sheldon Brown on clarinet, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet and soprano saxophone.

The quartet plays at least every other month. Members are in different bands and live in different cities: Douglass is from Chicago Park, Dogole from Mill Valley, Brown from Oakland, and McCandless from Bolinas on the coast.

McCandless has belonged to eclectic jazz group Oregon for 25 years. Douglass said Oregon uses world music as a jumping-off point for improvisation, just as Douglass’ quartet does.

Saturday’s concert will feature a blend of classical jazz tunes with world beat rhythms and instrumentation.

Listen 2Jazz and the Nevada County Arts Council are sponsoring the concert.

A 2 p.m. workshop Saturday will be conducted by quartet members. Attendees should bring their own instruments. Make workshop reservations by Friday.


WHAT: Global Jazz Concert

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $15 for adults and $5 for student. The 2 p.m. workshop is $5 or free with advance concert ticket purchase. Tickets at Nevada County Arts Council office, BriarPatch, Foggy Mountain Music or online at

INFORMATION: 271-5955 for concert; 273-5489 for workshop signup

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