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Sasha Masakowski

Aug 12, Saturday - 1:45pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

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 named Best Emerging Artist by the Big Easy Association.

Masakowski’s influences draw from jazz to electronic music and rock, and her approach to music is as spontaneous and playful as her personality. She 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.

Masakowski has been listed by Vanity Fair as one of the top jazz musicians in the world, and the December 2015 issue of DownBeat named her among the most innovative musicians coming out of New Orleans. She has performed 5 years consecutively at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and has toured across the U.S., Asia, Europe and Central America.

She has since performed major clubs and festivals across the United States and abroad, and leads three bands of her own that range from traditional New Orleans jazz (Sidewalk Strutters) to contemporary jazz and world music (Musical Playground) to experimental electronic art-rock (Hildegard).

Masakowski’s influences draw from jazz to electronic music and rock, and her approach to music is as spontaneous and playful as her personality. She 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.

Masakowski has been listed by Vanity Fair as one of the top jazz musicians in the world, and the December 2015 issue of DownBeat named her among the most innovative musicians coming out of New Orleans. She has performed 5 years consecutively at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and has toured across the U.S., Asia, Europe and Central America.

She has since performed major clubs and festivals across the United States and abroad, and leads three bands of her own that range from traditional New Orleans jazz (Sidewalk Strutters) to contemporary jazz and world music (Musical Playground) to experimental electronic art-rock (Hildegard).


Personnel

Sasha Masakowski, vocals
Martin Masakowski, acoustic bass
Cliff Hines, guitar
Jeronne Ansari, saxophone
Colin Myers, trombone
Peter Varnado, drums