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Directed by flugelhornist/composer Dmitri Matheny ("one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation" —International Review of Music), the Dimitri Matheny Group 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.
He will be joined by guitarist Ed Dunsavage and will anchor the show with material from Art Farmer and Joe Pass.
Ed Dunsavage guitar
Dmitri Matheny flugelhorn
Joe Vasquez bass
Jud Sherwood drums
Sponsored by Olympia Jazz Central
Suggested Donation $5-25
Ed Dunsavage Bio
Guitarist Ed Dunsavage has performed in Ashland for more than 15 years. He picked up the guitar in 1964, and studied jazz at Rutgers University.
He works with his own groups, the Ed Dunsavage Trio and the Latin Jazz Quarter, and with vocalists Leslie Kendall and Beth Baker.
Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and other Great American Songbook composers are at the forefront of Dunsavage's repertoire. He's also artistic director of The Siskiyou Institute.
Dmitri Matheny Bio
Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music). First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world's most talented horn players” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Born on Christmas Day, 1965 in in Nashville,Tennessee, Dmitri was raised in Georgia and Arizona. Attracted to his father’s collection of jazz and classical LP records, Dmitri began piano lessons at age 5, switched to the trumpet at age 9, and took up the flugelhorn at 18.
Matheny attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, then the Berklee College of Music, Boston, graduating magna cum laude in 1989. After private studies with Carmine Caruso in New York City, Matheny became the protégé of the legendary Art Farmer, a formative relationship that lasted over a decade. Farmer, “the bebop master who defined the sound of the flugelhorn in modern jazz” (All Music Guide), was Matheny’s public champion and private mentor. Generously sharing his wisdom, experience and influence, it was Farmer who encouraged Dmitri to devote himself exclusively to the “Big Horn.” Under Farmer’s tutelage Matheny emerged as a promising new voice in jazz.“Art Farmer’s role in the early success of Dmitri Matheny cannot be overstated,” observed writer and historian Phil Elwood. “Without Art, there could be no Dmitri.” At 29, after launching a busy recording career on the West Coast, Matheny made his New York debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, then began touring inte
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