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Sasha Masakowski



Biography

Sasha Masakowski, daughter of jazz guitar luminary Steve Masakowski, was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and has been a leading artist on the New Orleans music scene for many years as a vocalist, composer and producer.

Offbeat Magazine calls her “One of the brightest young talents in the Big Easy,” Vanity Fair Magazine recently 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.

In 2017 and 2018 alone, Sasha has headlined major clubs and festivals across the United States and abroad, such as the legendary Blue Note (NYC), Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, Jazz Standard (NYC), Detroit Jazz Festival, SF Jazz Center (San Francisco), Copenhagen Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, among others.

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 Cliff Hines, Jason Lindner, Zach Danziger, Tim Lefebvre, Sullivan Fortner, Mike Moreno and Aurora Nealand, to name a few.

“Listening to the music of New Orleans native Sasha Masakowski makes one feel more secure about the future and continued vitality of jazz” - Hot House Jazz Magazine, 2017

While Sasha still stands as one of the most prominent voices on the New Orleans music scene, she recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY, where she continues to earn a reputation as a ingenious improviser, composer and performer. She currently leads two bands of her own that range from New Orleans modern jazz (Art Market) to electronic art-rock (Tra$h Magnolia). On June 12, 2018 Sasha released her latest album Art Market on Ropeadope Records to critical acclaim.

“A combination of New Orleans-rooted jazz chops, mixed with a fearless ability to stretch her voice into impressive instrumental territory and a willingness to draw on the wider world of pop music into her own works: Sasha may well have one of this year’s most remarkable new releases on her hands.” Hot House Jazz Magazine, 2017
Sasha Masakowski