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I'm delighted that the Dmitri Matheny Group will make it's Phoenix, Arizona debut on Saturday, March 2nd at The Nash. Located in the heart of the downtown Roosevelt Row Arts District, the intimate venue is named for “the most valuable player in jazz" (Modern Drummer), Phoenix native Lewis Nash. Join us!
On the wall across from me is a Michael Dailey original, one of his spectacular landscape-inspired abstractions. I've always loved his work. These color field paintings are particularly arresting, like desert sunsets, yet somehow evocative of the Pacific Northwest. Similar to Mark Rothko, Georg Gudni and Hiroshi Sugimoto, Dailey was able to conjure atmospheric windows to a misty horizon, conveying a sense of longing for something just out of reach.
Dmitri Matheny Blows Into Oakland
By Jesse Hamlin
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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.
Even as we enjoy these winter rains, we're already looking forward to this summer's tours and residencies in the San Francisco Bay Area (June 1-30), Pacific Northwest (July 10-20), and California Coast (July 21-26)! Plenty of workshops, concerts, festivals, club appearances and more.
"They may not want me here, but I'm determined to make friends, have fun, and show 'em how we do it back home. I'm the Axel Foley of the flugelhorn." ~DM
On This Day
December 14, 2002
Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Clairdee
Frosty the Snowman
December 14, 2003
Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Kim Nalley
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Sanchez Arts Center
December 14, 2009
Forney, Matheny & Monce
Celebrating Chet Baker
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.
Warm thanks to KCSM for yesterday's interview on "Morning Cup of Jazz," and the wonderful hang with my friends Alisa Clancy and Clifford Brown, Jr. In case you missed it, listen here.