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BLOWING INTO OAKLAND 

San Francisco Chronicle - SF Gate
Dmitri Matheny Blows Into Oakland
By Jesse Hamlin
Wednesday, February 13, 2013



Dmitri Matheny, the lyrical flugelhorn player who moved to Phoenix a few years ago but still keeps a room in San Francisco, learned a lot about music and life from the late Art Farmer, the peerless jazz flugelhorn player who mentored and promoted him....more
 

R5-D4 



I keep thinking about R5-D4. 

 

He was all set for the big adventure, when out of the blue: poof. Bad motivator. Left behind. 

 

A tragedy, but I bet it didn't even bother him that much at the time. After all, astromech droids are optimists by nature, and each of us is the hero of our own story. R5-D4 probably thought "Just a setback. No worries. This is only the beginning. Another opportunity will come along soon." 

 

How could he have known that those fleeting few moments, during which he was the chosen one, were actually the peak of his role in the big adventure? 

 

I bet he's still out there in the desert, wondering what the hell happened.

 

He probably thinks his best days are still ahead. Maybe he's right.

For all we know, he could be in great condition now.

Motivator repaired, fully operational. Ready to serve.

 

May the force be with him.

FROM THE ARCHIVES 

On This Day

December 14, 2002

Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Clairdee

Frosty the Snowman

The Jazzschool

Berkeley, California

December 14, 2003

Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Kim Nalley

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Sanchez Arts Center

Pacifica, California

December 14, 2009

Forney, Matheny & Monce

Celebrating Chet Baker

Monti's

Tempe, Arizona

TONIGHT in Scottsdale AZ 

Join the Dmitri Matheny Group TONIGHT, Thursday 12/13 @ 7:30 PM (MST), as we conclude our Jazz Noir tour of the western states at Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse in Scottsdale AZ. 

The concert features Dmitri Matheny on flugelhorn, Andrew Gross tenor saxophone, Nick Manson piano, Ted "T-Bone" Sistrunk bass and John Lewis drums. 

We're putting a fresh spin on familiar themes from film noir (Touch of Evil, Laura, Chinatown, Vertigo, Taxi Driver, Blues in the Night and more), plus jazz classics, new works and beloved standards from the Great American Songbook. Highlights will include our popular "Crime Scenes" suite (with hard-boiled voiceover narration in the style of Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler) and a special memorial tribute to the great Dave Brubeck. 

Join us!

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
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