Yoshi's Oakland hosts an all-star jazz reunion on Wednesday, May 9th, when the Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Dave Ellis presents a world premiere at the storied venue.
The DMG will premiere Dmitri Matheny's Crime Scenes, a new work inspired by espionage and underworld movie music. Drawing on classic themes from film noir, B-movies, spy thrillers and crime dramas, Crime Scenes is performed live-in-concert as a series of dreamlike flashbacks, conceptually linked together as a story with voiceover narration in the hard-boiled detective style of Raymond Chandler.
Presented in association with Chamber Music America as part of National Chamber Music Month, the event will feature a stellar line up of musical talent: Dmitri Matheny (flugelhorn), Dave Ellis (saxophones), Matthew Clark (piano), Seward McCain (bass), and Akira Tana (drums), plus surprise guests.
"Yoshi's is very close to my heart," Matheny said. "I'm very proud of our longtime association with the club, and I'm looking forward to returning with this amazing band."
The DMG will also perform favorite material from Matheny's nine critically acclaimed CDs, balancing fresh, original works with familiar jazz classics, hard bop, west coast cool and beloved standards from the Great American Songbook.
"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."
All About Jazz agrees: "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."
Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione” (San Jose Mercury News). First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” (SF Chronicle).
After 20 years in the Bay Area, Matheny relocated to Phoenix in 2009. The Yoshi's show celebrates his return to the Bay Area and concludes a two-week series of appearances throughout Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
Yoshi's Jack London Square is located at 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. The Dmitri Matheny Group appears Wednesday, May 9th, 2012; sets are at 8:00 and 10:00 pm. Tickets: $16 general admission, $20 VIP (gets complimentary CD). Purchase online from Yoshi's Box Office or call 510-238-9200.