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Dmitri Matheny with CWU Combos FREE!

DMITRI MATHENY will appear with the CWU Jazz Combos in a concert at the CWU Music Building Recital Hall, Wednesday, November 1st, 7:00pm. Admission is complimentary. Local attendees of past Jazz In The Valley weekends will recognize him as a performer from both 2014 and 2015. “When the chance arose to bring him here for the third time to work with our small group jazz musicians, I just had to do it”, said Chris Bruya, CWU’s Director of Jazz Activities. He will play a tune with each combo, many of which the students are prepping for an upcoming Combo concert, and he may bring in some of his own tunes as well. Added Bruya, “we’ve had such a great experience with Dmitri the past two years that doing it again was an easy decision! A big plus is that this will be a real-world experience for the students in that the only rehearsal will be a talk-through of the music, and the actual playing will happen live for the first time, in front of an audience.”
Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique,American musician Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione” (San Jose Mercury News). 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), a leading figure on the international jazz scene and one of the most prolific musicians of his generation. 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 put away the trumpet and devote himself exclusively to the “Big Horn.” Under Farmer’s tutelage on flugelhorn 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.”

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