Dmitri Matheny Group JAZZ NOIR Michigan Tour Diary — Day 1 April 10 Chandler AZ
That's what they call the feeling you get the night before a big trip, when you're so keyed up, excited and anxious that you can hardly sleep.
Even after your bags are packed and all the preparations have been made, the monkey mind just can't help itself. It frets, worries, makes lists, obsesses over minutia.
I get journey proud before every tour. This time is no different. Sassy handles most of the travel details, and quite expertly. But that just leaves me more time to fidget.
For the most part, what I feel is excitement. I love to travel, I love to perform, and it's time. Because spring has arrived in the Lonesome Desert, and that means heat. Hot heat. That 'get out of town if you know what's good for you' kind of heat.
Ever since moving to Phoenix from San Francisco a few years ago, I've arranged for my annual touring schedule to start up just as the perfect weather ends.
It goes like this:
First, the Pyhrroloxia sings. Then the pitchers arrive. Then the mercury rises. Then the boogie woogie flugelboy hits the road.
So tomorrow morning we fly to Michigan...where it's gonna be cool.
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!
Phoenix Friends! Come to The Nash on March 8 for the latest iteration of our popular JAZZ NOIR show, featuring modern masterworks by Quincy Jones, Charlie Haden and Henry Mancini, classic movie music from Touch of Evil, Laura, Chinatown, Vertigo, Taxi Driver, and Blues in the Night, noir themes from favorite spy thrillers, detective shows and cop dramas, hard-boiled Matheny originals Crime Scenes, Femme Fatale and Sagebrush Rebellion, and timeless standards from the Great American Songbook. Join us! ~DM
Here at the Maricopa Cabana, Hoppin' John is one of the ways we celebrate the beginning of a New Year. Traditionally served with cornbread and greens (collard greens, mustard greens, chard, kale or cabbage), the main ingredients in this delicious winter dish are black-eyed peas, rice, chopped onion, country bacon (ham hock or fatback), green peppers and spices. Sassy always adds a little Arizona Gunslinger for an extra kick. Enjoy Hoppin' John on New Year's Day for good luck and prosperity throughout the year.
Be sure to eat your fill: the peas represent coins, the greens are cash, and the cornbread, gold!
It's been a busy week, traveling to LA and back for 5 concerts, a radio interview, recording session and master class, but the highlight was playing Jazz Santa Claus to the most musically enthusiastic Girl Scout troop in Arizona. Appearance fee: 2 boxes of Thin Mints. Sassy gets 10% commission for booking the gig.