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REMEMBERING ART FARMER 

13 years ago this week A Celebration of the Musical Life of Art Farmer was held at Saint Peter's Church in New York City. It was a beautiful event at which few words were spoken, but much music was played by people who knew and loved him. Just as he would have liked.


I was honored to be among the musicians who participated: Ron Blake, Todd Coolman, Kenny Davis, Johnny Griffin, Jim Hall, Slide Hampton, Brian Lynch, Joe Magnarelli, Wynton Marsalis, Dmitri Matheny, Lewis Nash, Jimmy Owens, Carline Ray, Rufus Reid, Ted Rosenthal, Don Sickler, Pete LaRoca Sims, Billy Taylor, Michael Weiss, Frank Wess and Joe Wilder.

We miss you, Art. 

IN THE NEWS 



Arizona Daily Star
October 25, 2012
Jazz Noir Inspired By Crime Shows
By Chuck Graham

Known for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, flugelhorn artist Dmitri Matheny will go searching for poignant moments of jazz noir...more


Explorer News
October 25, 2012
Dmitri Matheny at Tohono Chul Park

Inspired by espionage and underworld movie music, Dmitri Matheny’s “Crime Scenes”...more

Tucson Weekly
October 24, 2012
Sax Under A Streetlight: Crime Scenes | Jazz Noir With Dmitri Matheny
By Mariana Dale

As a teenager living in Tucson in the late 1970s, it was hard to nurture dreams...more

SIMPLICITY 



"Simplicity is the final achievement.
After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes,
it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art."
—Frédéric Chopin

"I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty
that must be explained to be understood.
If it does need additional interpretation
by someone other than the creator,
then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose."
—Charles Chaplin

"Oh, what would a girl like Sarah want with a simple
Nebraska boy like me? I don't know nothin' about fancy cars
and fancy restaurants. Still, I would love to show her
a moonlit night out by the hay stacks."
—Joe

LOOK WITHIN 


"What lies behind us and what lies before us are
tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

"One need not be a chamber to be haunted, one need not be a house.
The brain has corridors surpassing material place."
—Emily Dickenson

"The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts,
and that is where all our battles should be fought."
—Mahatma Gandhi

YOU DIG 


"The best diplomat that I know
is a fully-loaded phaser bank."
—Montgomery Scott

"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match
for a good blaster at your side, kid."
—Han Solo

"You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend:
those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."
—The Man With No Name
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