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March 15, 2015 — Volume 101

“An all-star jazz band featuring some of the most accomplished musicians in the western United States” (All About Jazz), the Dmitri Matheny Group performs over 100 concerts on tour each year. The DMG sound pleases both crowds and critics, balancing fresh, original works with familiar jazz classics, hard bop, west coast cool and selections from their 10 critically-acclaimed CDs. Just ahead:
PASTICHE RESTAURANT | Tucson AZ
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm Dmitri returns to the Old Pueblo for one-night-only in a special appearance with the Pete Swan Quintet. Upscale, warm and casual, Pastiche Restaurant features American cuisine with world influences, including smaller Bistro portions, perfect for sampling and sharing. Featuring Angelo Versace piano, Max Goldschmid winds, Matt Mitchell guitar, Scott Black bass, Pete Swan (photo) drums, Dmitri Matheny flugelhorn. “One of the jazz world's most talented horn players.”—San Francisco Chronicle
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CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY | Berkeley CA
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm Swing Into Spring with the Dmitri Matheny Group as they spotlight their hot new Papillon/Blueport Jazz album Sagebrush Rebellion. Founded in 1997, the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazzschool) is the only fully accredited American music school with a year-round jazz program. Matt Clark piano, John Shifflett bass, Leon Joyce Jr (photo) drums. “Matheny’s warm, engaging flugelhorn playing has thoroughly established him as one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation.”—International Review of Music
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HEDLEY CLUB LOUNGE | San Jose CA
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm Dmitri and friends storm the South Bay! The art-deco Hedley Club Lounge is San Jose’s favorite cocktail and wine bar, a great place to relax by a wood-burning fireplace, sip a refreshing beverage and enjoy the very best in live jazz entertainment. Ken French piano, Doug Miller (photo) bass, Leon Joyce Jr drums. “One of the world's foremost flugelhorn players and a respected, dedicated jazz educator.”—Sacramento Bee
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DIZZY'S | San Diego CA
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm Join us for A Night In Soulville as we remember jazz master Ben Webster on his birthday. Dizzy's jazz club is located at the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego CA 92109, on the southern edge of Pacific Beach. Easy access from I-5, plenty of free parking for everyone right in front, coffee, cookies, and soft drinks available. All ages welcome! Jason Shattil (photo) piano, Justin Grinnell bass, Duncan Moore drums. “Ample talent, beautiful lines, and a flawless warm tone. Matheny is an excellent performer on gentle ballads and bop scorchers alike.”—Rolling Stone
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NORTHERN SPIRITS | San Marcos CA
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm An evening of classic jazz, favorite standards and fresh originals. Northern Spirits, a beautiful cocktail lounge and live music venue, is directly adjacent to and operated by Nattiya's Thai restaurant, a gourmet delight for those who know and love authentic Thai cuisine. Jason Shattil piano, Justin Grinnell bass, Duncan Moore (photo) drums. “Dmitri Matheny is a jazz treasure. The lyrical Matheny has impressive chops, but it's his warmth and soulfulness that win you over.”—All Music Guide
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THE LIGHTHOUSE CAFE | Hermosa Beach CA
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 11:00 am An auspicious collaboration at a historic venue! Dmitri joins with the CJS Quintet to celebrate the Los Angeles band's 15th Anniversary. A favorite jazz showcase since 1949, The Lighthouse Café of Hermosa Beach is where Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis and other giants recorded some of their most important albums. Known for “hard driving bebop leavened with soulful blues” (Los Angeles Times), the CJS Quintet features Chuck Johnson tenor saxophone, James Smith trumpet, Koji Ono piano, Sherry Luchette bass and Roy McCurdy (photo) drums.
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SACRED GROUNDS JAZZ COFFEEHOUSE | Scottsdale AZ

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm World Premiere: Blues for Booker, celebrating jazz legend Booker Little on his birthday. Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse at Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ is a casual neighborhood venue which presents new concerts every Thursday evening. Featuring Lamar Gaines (photo) piano, T-Bone Sistrunk bass, John Lewis drums, Dmitri Matheny flugelhorn. “A visionary. Matheny's flugelhorn is both hot and cool, wide of range and brilliantly imaginative.”—San Francisco Examiner
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GOODYEAR LAKESIDE MUSIC FEST | Goodyear AZ
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm The Dmitri Matheny Group showcases selections from their album Sagebrush Rebellion, recently released on the Papillon/Blue Port Jazz label. New originals, jazz classics by Johnny Burke and Duke Ellington, and favorites by Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow and Nat Adderley. A celebration of arts and culture, the Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest presented by the West Valley Arts Council features bands in a wide range of genres, from country to rock to reggae, jazz and beyond. Featuring Nick Manson piano, T-Bone Sistrunk bass, John Lewis (photo) drums, Dmitri Matheny flugelhorn. “The first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione.”—San Jose Mercury News
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CIVIC SPACE PARK | Phoenix AZ

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 11:00 am Jazz In AZ presents a free concert for kids and families celebrating International Jazz Month. Civic Space Park offers residents, workers, ASU students and downtown visitors a setting with unique urban design, sustainable construction and operational features, and a landmark public sculpture by artist Janet Echelman. Featuring Mary Petrich (photo) saxophones, Stan Sorenson guitar, T-Bone Sistrunk bass, John Lewis drums, Dmitri Matheny flugelhorn. “Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny's gorgeous sound—both as a songwriter and musician—has earned him comparisons to his onetime mentor Art Farmer. High praise, indeed.”—San Jose Mercury News
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WORKSHOPS

As part of his 2015-16 touring season, Dmitri Matheny (photo) presents Melodic Mastery, a jazz improvisation workshop based on the Art Farmer method, and Music In The Digital Age, a music business workshop for today's professional musician. Just ahead: workshops at Los Gatos High School Los Gatos CA (2/24) and South Mountain Community College Phoenix AZ (4/7). More Info
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