Peninsula College to host jazz workshop next week
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Flugelhorn player and composer Dmitri Matheny will give a free jazz workshop in Peninsula College’s Maier Performance Hall on Tuesday, July 16.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

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PORT ANGELES — Lovers of jazz are invited to a free improvisation workshop with visiting composer and flugelhorn man Dmitri Matheny and the Peninsula College Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday, July 16.

Professor David Jones of the Peninsula College Music Department is orchestrating the event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Maier Performance Hall, and seating is first come, first served.

“Everybody's welcome,” Jones said, adding that Matheny “is a wonderful player.”

A protege of the late jazz master Art Farmer and a Berklee College of Music alumnus, Matheny was headed for gigs in Portland, Ore., and Seattle when he contacted Jones.

His workshop with the Peninsula College jazz players will explore the creation of melody and the development of one's own sound and playing style.

“Your solo is an opportunity to express something entirely new and profoundly personal,” Matheny has said.

“Tell your own story. Sing your own song. This is no time for plugging in recycled, memorized material.”

Matheny's workshop is for the avid jazz performer and listener, Jones said.

“We're very fortunate to have [Matheny] teach a workshop for us.”

For more information about the July 16 event and other free public activities at Peninsula College, phone 360-417-6405 or visit

Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at

Last modified: July 07. 2013 6:17PM
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