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Cool Burnin’: A Tribute to Chet Baker

featuring Dmitri Matheny

December 1, 2016 | 7:30 pm

- $20 – $30
Alberta Abbey

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Chet Baker has become an icon of American jazz. Famous for playing both trumpet and the flugelhorn, Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums featuring his vocals such as Chet Baker Sings and It Could Happen to You. Jazz historian Dave Gelly described the promise of Baker’s early career as “James Dean, Sinatra, and Bix, rolled into one.” His well-publicized drug habit also drove his notoriety and fame, but such setbacks did not stop Baker from enjoying a career resurgence in the late 1970s and ’80s. Along the way, Baker played and recorded with jazz heavyweights such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker, and Art Pepper.

For this program, Washington trumpeter and flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny will pay tribute to Baker with explorations of Baker’s most famous tunes such as “Chetty’s Lullaby”, “Freeway”, “Early Morning Mood”, “Two a Day”, “Motivo Su Raggio Di Luna”, “Skidadidlin'”, “Blue Gilles” and many others. Matheny, who studied under the tutelage of iconic flugelhorn player Art Farmer and a man the San Francisco Chronicle dubbed “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players”, has won multiple Downbeat and JazzTimes Readers and Critics polls and has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Larry Coryell, Wycliffe Gordon, Darrell Grant, Billy Higgins, Red Holloway, Joe Lovano, Max Roach, Bud Shank and many others.

“(Dmitri Matheny is) one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation.” – International Review of Music