The Return of West Coast Cool
SMP welcomes back one of our favorite musicians and educators, flugelhorn master Dmitri Matheny. 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 11 critically-acclaimed CDs.
“Their music is a fertile landscape without boundaries,” writes the Oakland Tribune, “earning Matheny and his cohorts a reputation as one of the most eclectic and daring ensembles on today’s jazz scene.” 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 group will be in the Rogue Valley for a three day residency as part of a collaboration with Britt Education and Siskiyou Music Project. The group will feature bay area bassist and drummer John Witala and Leon Joyce along with Ed Dunsavage on guitar.