Practice Art Farmer improv method religiously. Finish writing Jazz Noir material for 2016 recording. Create and learn fresh DMG sets: 11 tunes, 2 original. Pay health insurance first every month, no matter what. Walk or swim daily. Lose 5 pounds monthly, 60 by year-end. Increase number of workshops nationally from 54 to 100. Increase touring income by 20% while playing 20 fewer shows. Bump per gig average by 5% and increase total net income by 27%. Eschew cynicism, laugh often and see the best in people. When the time is right, get a dog!
PRE-ORDER SAGEBRUSH REBELLION For Immediate Download & Free Shipping
I'm delighted to announce that my new album Sagebrush Rebellion is now available for pre-order here.
The album will be officially released August 9 (to iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, radio and retail) on the BluePort Jazz/Papillon Recordings label. We're staging CD Release Celebration shows in key markets around the country this fall.
In the meantime, for my friends and fans who pre-order now: you'll immediately receive an advance digital download of all tracks, plus free shipping throughout the continental US as soon as the CD arrives from the factory.
The CD features a terrific west coast rhythm section—Nick Manson, Justin Grinnell and Duncan Moore—and a great mix of music, including some new originals, classics by Johnny Burke and Duke Ellington, and favorite songs by Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow and Nat Adderley.
Jim Merod, a close friend of my mentor Art Farmer and the director of BluePort Jazz, says, "This is one of my favorite recordings...I hope listeners enjoy the depth and delicacy of these songs crafted with Dmitri’s flugelhorn mastery."
I can't wait to hear what you think of our album. Here's the link.
Pulling together music for our Art Farmer/Jim Hall project today:
Bags Groove Days of Wine and Roses Embraceable You My Kind of Love My Little Suede Shoes Petite Belle Sometime Ago Concierto de Aranjuez All Across The City Simple Samba Big Blues Young One Blue Dove Romaine The Answer is Yes
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.
"If you're good at something,
never do it for free!" —The Joker
"Don't ask for what the next guy gets.
As for what you think you're worth." —Art Farmer
"People don’t pay you as long as you’re
willing to work for free. Sadly, most people
don’t see value in masterful free goods.
You must charge for your work...
it’s a gesture of value and respect." —Nicholas Payton
So much of what we live goes on inside–
The diaries of grief, the tongue-tied aches
Of unacknowledged love are no less real
For having passed unsaid. What we conceal
Is always more than what we dare confide.
Think of the letters that we write our dead.