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.
Arizona friends, come hear the Dmitri Matheny Group—featuring Andrew Gross, Nick Manson, T-Bone Sistrunk and John Lewis—at Theater Works: Peoria Center for the Performing Arts on October 30. A fresh spin on classic tunes from the Great American Songbook. Join us!
I'm back from my adventures and it's time for a trip to Higley Hotdog, y'all. How can I express the profundity of my loyalty to this joint? Higley is, for me, what Barney's Beanery was for Columbo, and what the Sand Castle was for Rockford.
In case you missed it, here's the video footage from our recent performance at Chandler Center for the Arts in Arizona. Use the view complete concert link to watch the show in its entirety, or select individual songs from the playlist below. Enjoy! ~DM
The Great American Songbook
Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Clairdee Chandler Center for the Arts Chandler, Arizona