featuring Dave Ellis

A benefit concert for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time: two sets starting at 7:30  
Healdsburg Center for the Arts,
130 Plaza St  | Phone: 707-431-1970
For sale online on this page or at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts during business hours (daily 11am – 5pm).
Advance purchase recommended due to limited seating.

On Saturday, April 28, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival will present the Dmitri Matheny Group with special guest Dave Ellis at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts gallery. This is the second in the 2012 concert series “Jazz in the Gallery”  co-sponsored by Healdsburg Center for the Arts to support and benefit the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Dmitri will have performing with him an outstanding group with Dave Ellis on tenor sax; Matt Clark on piano; Seward McCain on bass; and Deszon Claiborne on drums.

Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, 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” (SF Chronicle). Matheny leads an all-star quintet in a performance of material from his nine critically acclaimed CDs, possibly including selections from his conceptual film noir-influenced “Crime Scenes,”a  program inspired by espionage and underworld movie music.


see fullsize posterThe Saturday night show at HCA will be torqued up a notch by the presence of Dave Ellis, the tenor  saxophonist whose emphatic attack has earned him California Music Awards and Jazziz Best New Talent status (along with Diana Krall, 1997). As legendary record producer Orrin Keepnews writes in his liner notes to “State of Mind,” the first new Ellis recording in five years, “even on the shifting and difficult terrain of early 21st century jazz, a talent as formidable as his should and will be recognized.”

Wine and desserts will be available for purchase before the performance and during the break. Showtime is 7:30; tickets available online on this page