Ten years ago, Saturday mornings in the old neighborhood, there was always a 45-minute wait at Breakfast Spot #1 but you'd get a table right away at Breakfast Spot #2. I'm pleased to report that nothing has changed. And the Yukon Gold Home Fries are every bit as yummy as you remember.
Join us on August 9 at the Sound Room Oakland for an all-star jazz party celebrating the international release of SAGEBRUSH REBELLION, the new album by Dmitri Matheny! More information about this and other CD release celebrations throughout the USA available here.
Dmitri Matheny Group JAZZ NOIR Michigan Tour Diary — Day 7 April 17 Berkley and Ann Arbor
Returning to Southern Michigan after our adventures in the Great White North, today I led a workshop at Berkley High School and played a concert at Ann Arbor's celebrated Kerrytown Concert House.
Warmest thanks to founder and artistic director Deanna Relyea for creating such a beautiful listening room and including us on the KCH schedule.
What a privilege to collaborate with such talents as these: the brilliant young Detroit saxophonist Marcus Elliot,whose debut album I absolutely love; Quad Cities pianist Corey Kendrick, enthusiastically recommended to me by Reggie Thomas; veteran bassist Tom Knific, a world class musician, mentor and friend since my Interlochen days; and rising star Sean Dobbins, that all-too-rare sort of drummer who simmers with quiet intensity, and then—at just the right moment—turns on the swang!
And what an honor to perform for and meet one of my longtime idols, jazz master Marcus Belgrave!
Mr. Belgrave and his lovely wife Joan (a vocalist I knew years ago in San Francisco) are pillars of the Michigan arts community and two of the warmest, most soulful people on the planet. Sassy and I are looking forward to getting together with them again next week.
If I accomplish nothing else on this tour, I did at least survive the terrifying and humbling (yet thrilling) experience of playing 'Stardust' in front of the great Marcus Belgrave.
Friday 2/28 @ 4:30 PM Phoenix AZ | Workshop at South Mountain Community College Friday 2/28 @ 7:00 PM Phoenix AZ | Concert at South Mountain Community College
Saturday 3/1 @ 2:00 PM South San Francisco CA | Workshop at El Camino High School
Saturday 3/1 @ 8:00 PM Berkeley CA | Concert at California Jazz Conservatory
Sunday 3/2 @ 2:00 PM Berkeley CA | Workshop at California Jazz Conservatory
Monday 3/3 @ 2:00 PM Los Gatos CA | Workshop at Los Gatos High School
I've been in residence this week in the music department of South Mountain Community College, giving master classes and rehearsing with the talented musicians in the school's day and evening jazz programs. Tonight we perform in the college's beautiful theater for the SMCC Jazz Festival. The concert is a showcase for the SMCC Jazz and Latin Jazz ensembles. I'll appear as guest soloist with both groups; my quintet (featuring Andrew Gross, Nick Manson, T-Bone Sistrunk and Dom Moio) will headline.
Tomorrow I'll present a jazz improvisation clinic at the ECHS Jazz Festival in South San Francisco, then tomorrow night the Dmitri Matheny Group (featuring Dave Ellis, Matt Clark, Seward McCain and Leon Joyce Jr) performs at the newly renamed California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazzschool) in Berkeley. Hearty congratulations to Susan Muscarella and the CJC faculty on receiving accreditation from the National Association of Schools!
Sunday it's a Melodic Mastery workshop at the CJC, then down to the South Bay for a Monday master class at Los Gatos High School. Upward and onward!