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Sasha Masakowski & Art Market ft/ Steve Masakowski
Friday, June 3$35 – $45
Seating times: 7:00pm, 8:30pm, & 10:15pm. Doors open 30 minutes early.
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JAZZ@theEDGE! Presents: Sasha Masakowski
Shea Pierre – piano
Peter Varnado – drums
Martin Masakowski – bass
Steve Masakowski – guitar
Sasha Masakowski was born into a family of musicians in New Orleans, Louisiana and has been a leading voice on the New Orleans music scene since 2009, when she was awarded “Best Emerging Artist” by the Big Easy Association. She has since performed major clubs and festivals across the United States and abroad, touring a range of groups from traditional New Orleans jazz (Sidewalk Strutters) to contemporary jazz and world music (Musical Playground) to experimental electronic art-rock (Hildegard). In 2017 she has put together a new band “Art Market”, that successfully mixes Trad Jazz with New Orleans Bounce music, Electronica and more. And in 2019, she will begin touring her jazz electronica alter ego Tra$h Magnolia.
Sasha’s approach to music is as playful, charismatic, and spontaneous as her personality. Her influences draw from jazz to electronic music to rock and she performs frequently in fully improvised settings to help cultivate her exotic style. Sasha has earned a reputation internationally as a daring, fearless improviser and a charming interpreter, working often alongside other progressive, genre-defying musicians such as Jason Lindner, Zach Danziger, Cliff Hines and Aurora Nealand, to name a few.
Vanity Fair Magazine just listed Sasha as one of the top jazz musicians in the world and December 2015 issue of Downbeat Magazine named Sasha among the most innovative musicians coming out of New Orleans to date. She has performed at many of the premiere clubs, concert halls, and festivals in the world including: The Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, The Blue Note in New York City, The Blue Note in Tokyo, The Blue Whale in Los Angeles, The Dakota Bar & Grill in Minneapolis, The Detroit Jazz Festival in Detroit, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Richmond Jazz Festival in Virginia, and The SFJAZZ center in San Francisco,
What the critics are saying:
“There is a rare musical triple point where talent, vision, and a wicked sense-of-humor meet. Damn few artists ever make it there. I believe that it must be the address of one Sasha Hildegard Masakowski.” – All About Jazz ,2015 (5-star review of Old Green River)
“A charismatic performer and one of the brightest young talents in the Big Easy” – Offbeat Magazine, 2010
Steve Masakowski has long been regarded as one of the top Jazz artists from New Orleans. Born and raised in New Orleans, Steve Masakowski has played guitar with most of the city’s greatest musicians including Alvin “Red” Tyler, Ellis Marsalis, Danny Barker, Earl Turbinton, and James Black. He has also performed with Grammy Award-winning artists Bobby McFerrin, Nicholas Payton, Allen Toussaint, Peter Bernstein, Dianne Reeves and others at major festivals around the world.
As a recording artist, he has released numerous albums including two on the prestigious Blue Note Records label. He has recorded with luminaries such as Brian Blade, Mose Allison and Dave Liebman, and has been an active member of, and composer for the award winning New Orleans jazz fusion group, Astral Project.
He has twice been voted “Best Guitarist,” and won “Best Contemporary Jazz Group” three times by Gambit and Offbeat magazines in their annual reader’s polls. He has published lessons in Guitar Player magazine and authored the book, “Jazz Ear Training – Learning to Hear Your Way Through Music” for Mel Bay Publications. He is frequently recognized by Down Beat magazine as Talent Deserving Wider Recognition. Steve has participated in numerous Jazz concerts and workshops at major universities including Princeton, the University of Chicago, and the University of Indiana.