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July 11, 2014 at 6:22 AM

Pieces of a Dream, Dmitri Matheny bring smooth and buttery jazz | Concert preview

Pieces of a Dream, the soulful, sometimes dreamy Philadelphia jazz/funk band, has been playing in one form or another since 1976, a long run in an era when jazz bands generally last only a few years.

What’s more, founders James Lloyd (left, pianist) and Curtis Harmon (drums), discovered as teenagers by Grover Washington Jr., are still leading the band.

The group swings by Seattle in support of its 20th album, 2013’s “In the Moment,” as part of the long-running Jazz in the City series.

Jazz rings out on the other side of Lake Washington this week, too, as San Francisco Bay Area flugelhorn man Dmitri Matheny plays this month’s Eastside Jazz Club show.

The flugelhorn, pioneered in jazz by the late Art Farmer, is like a trumpet, but with a deeper, buttery sound. Matheny is considered one of the masters of the instrument. His show, titled American Songbook, is part of a 100-city tour of the U.S. showcasing Broadway and Hollywood hits.

Matheny performs with pianist Nick Manson, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Mark Ivester.

Pieces of a Dream

7 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Cornish Playhouse, Seattle Center; $52.50 (800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com or jazzinthecity.com).

Dmitri Matheny

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 11010 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; $8-$13 (425-828-9104 or eastsidejazzclub.com).

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