Pianist Steve Christofferson performs in clubs and jazz festivals around the world. He is best known for accompanying Grammy nominated vocalist Nancy King. He toured Europe with the Alan Jones Sextet, and performed in China with Mia Nicholson. He has worked with Jim Pepper, Kurt Elling, Karrin Allyson and many others. Steve plays piano with exemplary depth and warmth, and creates his signature sound by doubling on melodica, which he makes a surprisingly poignant tool for improvisation as well as for lead lines. Christofferson lays down graceful chord structures on piano, filling in atmospheric washes or subtly funky solos, thickening the tonal palette with the melodica's distinctive blend of innocence and yearning.
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). Matheny attended Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, then the Berklee College of Music, Boston. After private studies in New York City, Matheny became the protégé of the legendary Art Farmer, a formative relationship that lasted over a decade. It was Farmer who encouraged Dmitri to put away the trumpet and devote himself exclusively to the “Big Horn.”At 29, after launching a busy recording career on the West Coast, Matheny made his New York debut then began touring internationally. Today, Dmitri leads the Dmitri Matheny Group, an all-star ensemble featuring some of the most accomplished jazz artists in the western states. Throughout his professional career as a concert and recording artist, Dmitri Matheny has also distinguished himself as a dedicated educator, community leader and advocate for jazz and the arts.
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