DMITRI MATHENY GROUP
Directed by flugelhornist/composer Dmitri Matheny ("one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation" —International Review of Music), 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 10 critically-acclaimed CDs.
Our 2016-17 Season features five popular programs:
YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU: Celebrating Harry James & Freddie Webster offers a fresh spin on timeless classics, as we pay tribute to two legendary trumpeters in the centennial year of their birth. Concert highlights include Webster favorites Yesterdays, September In The Rain and My Kind of Love, plus James hits You Made Me Love You, I'm Beginning To See The Light, Young Man With A Horn and Ain't She Sweet.
SAGEBRUSH REBELLION showcases selections from Matheny's tenth album as a leader, recently released on the Papillon/Blue Port Jazz label. The ensemble performs new original compositions, jazz classics by Johnny Burke and Duke Ellington, and favorite lesser-known works of Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow and Nat Adderley. The album is receiving excellent reviews and airplay nationally.
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 presents favorite Broadway and Hollywood hits of the 1920s through the 60s, including works by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and more.
THE SNOWCAT is Matheny's original musical production, the heartwarming tale of a little girl's search for her wandering white cat on a chilly afternoon. Each year, Dmitri and friends bring The SnowCat to life in a popular series of performances for families, combining singing, storytelling, live music, and visual art.
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."
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."