Renowned Centralia jazz artist to celebrate Henry Mancini centennial with show at The Juice Box


Renowned jazz artist Dmitri Matheny and his all-star band will appear at The Juice Box Public House in downtown Centralia from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. 

“The performance, a rare opportunity to hear world-class touring artists in the leader’s hometown, will feature the talents of Adam Harris on saxophones, Randy Halberstadt on piano, Eric Gruber bass, Mark Ivester drums and the leader on flugelhorn, in a salute to the life and legacy of an American legend,” a news release stated. 

The Dmitri Matheny Group will honor composer Henry Mancini’s 100th birthday with new arrangements of his classic hits Charade, Days of Wine and Roses, Dreamsville, Moment to Moment, Moon River, Mr. Lucky, Peter Gunn, Pink Panther, Royal Blue, Slow Hot Wind, Two For The Road and more.

“Mancini is my hero,” Matheny stated in the release, “not just for his award-winning scores and orchestrations, but because of his unparalleled gift for songcraft. There’s nothing like a Mancini melody. Wistful, whimsical, romantic or sinister, his songs always deliver.”

All About Jazz describes the Dmitri Matheny Group as “an all-star jazz band featuring some of the most accomplished musicians in the western United States. The Dmitri Matheny Group is a cohesive and seamless unit, serving up equal parts soulful expression, caressing phrases, imaginative asides and dedicated lyricism.” 

The Oakland Tribune offered another positive review of the musicians. 

“Their music is a fertile landscape without boundaries, earning Matheny and his cohorts a reputation as one of the most eclectic and daring ensembles on today's jazz scene,” the publication wrote. 

Matheny, a Centralia resident since 2015, has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” by the International Review of Music. 

An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, 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 12 albums 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.”

Admission to the May 11 show at The Juice Box will be $10 to $15. 

Call 360-807-4367 or visit for tickets.

Visit Matheny’s website,, for more information.