Dmitri Matheny Group: Jazz Noir; Thursday, July 25, 2013


Dmitri Matheny Group: Jazz Noir
Thursday, July 25
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… one of the most eclectic and daring ensembles… – The Oakland Tribune
Dmitri Matheny is well-known for his melodic fluegelhorn playing and intriguing compositional style. His current Jazz Noir project highlights an amalgam of popular TV detective and spy movie themes spliced together with thoughtful, original compositions, and a mix of hard bop and West Coast jazz classics. He is particularly at home on ballads where his lyrical, warm tone excels. Performing with Matheny is a Bay Area all-star line up of saxophonist Charles McNeal; pianist Matt Clark; bassist Ruth Davies; and drummer Deszon X. Clairborne.

Born in Music City USA (otherwise known as Nashville, Tennessee), Matheny’s life as a musician seemed almost predetermined. He started piano lessons at age five, and switched to trumpet at nine. By his mid-teens, he was leading his own band. In 1983, he attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan for a year before moving on to study at the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston. Inspired by Art Farmer, Matheny has made the flugelhorn his primary instrument since 1988, preferring its warmer, darker tone.

In 1989, Matheny relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where he has been heavily involved in almost every aspect of the jazz scene, functioning in a multitude of roles as a bandleader, sideman, record producer, composer/arranger for records and film, and as an administrator for the San Francisco Jazz Festival’s staff. He has also been very active as an educator presenting lectures and workshops to elementary school students on up to the college level. He has been on the faculty and administrative staff at the Jazzschool, in Berkeley, and taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, as well as other workshops and music institutions. In 1998, Matheny was picked by DownBeat magazine’s Critics Poll for their Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition category. The following year he won Jazziz magazine’s Best New Artist for 1999, an honor he shared with Brad Mehldau, Stefon Harris, and Ravi Coltrane. The San Jose Mercury News has called him, “… the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione,” and the San Francisco Chronicle lauds him as, “… one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.”

Dmitri Matheny Group

DATE: Thursday, July 25, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $18Adv $21/Door, ½ Price Night for Students
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227 

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan
(831) 427-2227

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