DMITRI MATHENY GROUP

The Dmitri Matheny Group is currently touring two popular programs for adult and family audiences: Jazz Noir and The Great American Songbook.

Jazz Noir offers a fresh spin on familiar TV and movie themes (film noir, spy thrillers and crime dramas), new works and jazz classics. Concert highlights include a Noir Medley of cinematic favorites (Touch of Evil, Laura, Chinatown, Vertigo, Taxi Driver, Blues in the Night) and our original Crime Scenes suite, a dreamlike series of vignettes linked together with voiceover narrative in the hardboiled detective style of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.

The Great American Songbook, featuring renowned San Francisco vocalist Clairdee, showcases favorite Broadway and Hollywood hits of the 1920s through the 60s, including works by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and more. Our 2014-15 season celebrates the centennial birthdays of both Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday.

Sagebrush Rebellion, Matheny's tenth album as a leader, was released in August 2014 on the Papillon/Blue Port Jazz label. The quartet recording (featuring Nick Manson on piano, Justin Grinnell bass, and Duncan Moore drums) showcases several new originals, jazz classics by Johnny Burke and Duke Ellington, and favorite lesser-known works of Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow, Nat Adderley and Bill Lee.

"An all-star jazz band featuring some of the most accomplished musicians in the western United States, the Dmitri Matheny Group is a cohesive and seamless unit, serving up equal parts soulful expression, caressing phrases, imaginative asides, and dedicated lyricism." —All About Jazz

Directed by musician/composer Dmitri Matheny ("the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione" —San Jose Mercury News), the DMG has developed an engaging repertoire and a strong international following. The group's signature sound pleases both crowds and critics, balancing fresh, original works with familiar jazz classics, hard bop, west coast cool and selections from the DMG's 9 critically-acclaimed CDs.

Jazz Noir
The Great American Songbook
 
The band has also garnered praise for it's youth and family programming. Dr. Herb Wong writes, "As past President of the International Association of Jazz Educators, I'm gratified that the Dmitri Matheny Group has made jazz education a prominent and vital part of their busy season."

"Their music is a fertile landscape without boundaries," writes the Oakland Tribune, "earning Matheny and his cohorts a reputation as one of the most eclectic and daring ensembles on today's jazz scene."