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 has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has traveled to 19 countries and has performed with many Motown and popular music acts including the Temptations, Martha Reeves, Fabian, the Four Tops, Bobby Vinton, Sandy Patty, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and the O'Jays.
Matheny has had the privilege of appearing in concert with such jazz luminaries as Larry Coryell, Nathan Davis, Amina Figarova, Tommy Flanagan, Wycliffe Gordon, Darrell Grant, Larry Grenadier, John Handy, Tom Harrell, Billy Higgins, Red Holloway, Denise Jannah, Joe Lovano, James Moody, Jean Louis Rassinfosse, Tony Reedus, Sam Rivers, Max Roach, the Rosenberg Trio, Bud Shank, Sonny Simmons, Mary Stallings, Akira Tana, Billy Taylor, Bobby Watson and Paula West.
Olem has performed at many clubs and music venues such as the old Wild Duck Music Hall in Eugene, the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, the McDonald Theatre in Eugene (opening for Maceo Parker and releasing a live album from this concert), Sam Bonds Garage, the Jazz Station (where in 2013 he was asked to be in the house band which performed a night of music with Louis Bonilla, the famed NY trombonist). Craving more jazz training, in 2011 he entered graduate school at the University of Oregon School of Music. In 2012, while at the U of O and a member of the Oregon Jazz Ensemble, Olem performed with Saxophonist Seamus Blake and NY trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.