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Dmitri Matheny Group Sagebrush Rebellion CD Release Celebration; Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dmitri Matheny Group
Sagebrush Rebellion CD Release Celebration
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“Understated, masterful technique and evident joy.” – Jazznews

Dmitri Matheny is well-known for his melodic flugelhorn playing and intriguing compositional style. He is particularly at home on ballads where his lyrical, warm tone excels, sometimes inviting comparisons to Chet Baker. On this tour, Matheny is celebrating the release of his tenth album, Sagebrush Rebellion, with his current group, featuring Keith Saunders on piano; Seward McCain on bass; and Leon Joyce on drums. A former protege of the late flugelhorn legend Art Farmer, Matheny guides his fellow musicians through a thoughtful mix of his new compositions, and jazz classics by Duke Ellington, Charlie Haden, Nat Adderley, and Steve Swallow. The San Francisco Examiner has called Matheny: “A visionary.”

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, switching to trumpet when he was 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 even as an administrator for the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Matheny has also been very active as an educator presenting lectures and workshops to elementary school students on up to 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, August 21, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $18/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan
(831) 427-2227

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