DMITRI MATHENY GROUP is made up of Milo Petersen, guitar, Phil Sparks, bass, and Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn
The Dmitri Matheny Group, “an all-star jazz band featuring some of the most accomplished musicians in the western United States” (All About Jazz), performs timeless classics and original jazz from the Pacific Northwest.
Winner of NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year honors in the Seattle Earshot Golden Ear Awards, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music). An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, releasing twelve CDs and touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.”
Guitarist Milo Petersen (also an accomplished drummer), has been active in the Pacific Northwest jazz community since the late 1970s after studying for 3 years at Western Washington University. Milo spent 4 years in New York City (1987-1991) leading trios and quartets and then returned to Seattle. In addition to working regularly with top artists in Seattle, he has performed with some of the world’s finest, including Ron Eschete, Julian Priester, Joe Sample, Ernestine Anderson, Herb Ellis, Nancy King, Cedar Walton, and Mose Allison. He has appeared on The Bob Hope Show, The Eartha Kitt show, the Broadway shows Ain’t Misbehavin’, Five Guys Named Moe, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and has performed with pop vocal groups The Coasters, The Drifters and The 5th Dimension. An accomplished educator, Milo has taught music at Western Washington University, Olympic Community College, and Cornish Institute For The Arts. He currently teaches privately and at Seattle Central Community College.
One of the leading bassists in Seattle, Phil Sparks is a veteran of the bands of Julian Priester, Ernestine Anderson, Wayne Horowitz, Floyd Standifer, Hadley Caliman, E.W. Wainwright, Jay Clayton, Jim Knapp, and Ricky Kelly. He has also accompanied Gene Harris, Roland Hanna, James Moody, Bobby Shew, Mose Allison, Art Lande, Joe Henderson, Javon Jackson, Teddy Edwards, and the Seattle Symphony. While living in Colorado from 1976 to 1983, Sparks was a member of many groups, including "Visions," led by Jerry Granelli, "The Bruno Carr Ensemble," and the "Joe Bonner Trio." He also accompanied the following artists during Colorado engagements: Cedar Walton, Eddie Harris, Randy Weston, Jimmy Hopps, and Mose Allison. Sparks has recorded with Jerry Granelli, Barry Wedgle, Rich Halley, Francis Vanek, Jay Clayton/Jim Knapp, Juhan Lee, Randy Halberstadt, Rick Mandyck, Jay Thomas, Woody Woodhouse, Clarence Acox, Floyd Standifer, Milo Petersen, Hans Fahling, Steve Griggs, Matt Jorgenson, The Plymouth Trio, Mark Lanegan, Akbar De Preist, and Peter Ross.