DETROIT FREE PRESS

Dmitri Matheny Group JAZZ NOIR
April 16, 2014
By Mark Stryker

The Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor is one of metro Detroit’s treasures. A cozy recital hall in a historic house outfitted with a glorious Steinway, the venue is home to a diverse menu of music and some of the most intensely listening audiences you’ll find anywhere in the country. This week’s jazz bookings suggest the variety on tap on a regular basis.

First up is Dmitri Matheny, a California and Phoenix-based flugelhornist who brings his “Jazz Noir” project to town. This is night music — moody, bluesy, simmering — encompassing original tunes as well as classic themes like “Laura.” Matheny’s “Crime Scene” offers a suite linked by hard-boiled Raymond Chandler-like narration. With tenor saxophonist Marcus Elliot, pianist Corey Kendrick, bassist Tom Knific and drummer Sean Dobbins. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Matheny is making the rounds in Michigan for the next two weeks, so if you miss “Jazz Noir” this week you can catch the program at Cliff Bell’s in Detroit on April 25.