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Dmitri Matheny

Primary Instrument: Flugelhorn

Born: December 25, 1965    

Dmitri Matheny

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. Born on Christmas Day, 1965 in in Nashville, Tennessee, Dmitri was raised in Georgia and Arizona...
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Awards

OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO JAZZ EDUCATION International Association for Jazz Education 2000 MODEL TOURING ARTIST California Arts Council 2000 BAY AREA BEST San Francisco Examiner Magazine 1995-2000 BEST NEW ARTISTS Brad Mehldau, Dmitri Matheny, Stefon Harris, Ravi Coltrane JazzTimes International Readers Poll 1999 TALENT DESERVING WIDER RECOGNITION 46th Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll 1998 TOP 10 JAZZ RECORDINGS OF THE YEAR Oakland Tribune 1998 BLUE CHIP JAZZ CD AWARDS Jazz Educators Journal 1998 BEST JAZZ RECORDING OF THE YEAR San Francisco Bay Guardian 1996 THE YEAR'S BEST RECORDINGS Jazz Educators Journal 1996 10 BEST JAZZ RECORDINGS OF THE YEAR JazzIz Magazine Critics Picks 1995

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Featured recording “GRANT & MATHENY”

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GRANT & MATHENY

Papillon Sounds (2010)

Events Calendar

Date Event Ticket
Sep09 Dmitri Matheny
Workshop @ Chandler Preparatory Academy
Chandler, AZ
Sep13 Dmitri Matheny
Boise Jazz Society
Boise, ID
Sep13 Dmitri Matheny Group
Boise Jazz Society
Boise, ID
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Sep15 Dmitri Matheny
Workshop @ Blue Sage Center for the Arts
Paonia, CO
Sep16 Dmitri Matheny
Workshop @ Pueblo City East High School
Pueblo, CO
Sep17 Dmitri Matheny
Workshop @ East High School
Denver, CO
Sep17 Dmitri Matheny
Workshop for Poudre HS & Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

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”Radiant” —DownBeat

“Glowing” —JazzTimes

“Unquestionably a master.” —JazzIz

“A loving concern for fine detail.” —Los Angeles Times

“Understated, masterful technique and evident joy.” —JazzNews

“A flugelhorn so cool it'll run a shiver through your martini.” —MetroActive

“The first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione.” —San Jose Mercury News

“A brass player who can limn slow-motion ballads without referencing Miles.” —Gary Giddins, Village Voice

“Extravagantly, unashamedly, irresistibly pretty...

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Primary Instrument:Flugelhorn

Willing to teach:Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background:

Dmitri Matheny is a devoted advocate for the arts and a tireless, inspiring educator. Teaching the joys of jazz—whether to aspiring artists, audiences, adults or children—is a major focus for Dmitri both at home and on the road. RESIDENCIES — Dmitri is known for having a unique ability to bring out the very best in aspiring young musicians. He accepts extended residencies and teaching positions on an availability basis...

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Dmitri plays a very special flugelhorn that originally belonged to his mentor, the late jazz master Art Farmer. "Trumpet players sometimes double on flugelhorn, the way saxophone players double on flute or clarinet," Dmitri explains. "But I was inspired by Art Farmer to dedicate myself entirely to the flugelhorn. Art proved that focused attention can yield extraordinary fluency." Designed by Zigmant Kanstul, the flugelhorn is one of three horns favored by Farmer in his performances and recordings of the 1970s and '80s. Matheny acquired the instrument after a duet performance of "Warm Valley" with Dr. Billy Taylor at Farmer's memorial service, November 7, 1999 at St. Peter's Church in New York City. The horn weighs 2.5 lbs. Its bell, crafted in heavy wall copper-plated brass, is 6.5 inches in diameter. The leadpipe is 0.421 "large bore" as manufactured by French Besson for Boosey & Hawkes, based on a classic 1890 Paris Exposition design. Its valves are top sprung monel pistons with metal interior casings and a lacquered brass exterior, as manufactured by English Besson based on a design by Couesnon & Company. Farmer made a number of modifications to his Kanstul flugelhorn such as adding tuning triggers to the first and third valve slides and making custom valve caps inlaid with 1916-D Mercury dimes, an idea borrowed from symphonic French horn players of the era. Although weathered with age and oxidation, the name of the instrument's original owner is still visible, engraved on the flugelhorn's copper bell. To expand the flugelhorn's timbral palette with additional tones and colors, Matheny uses a Jo-Ral tenor trombone bubble mute designed by Joe Alessi and an assortment of hats, bottles, mutes and plungers.
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