Sasha Masakowski & Art Market

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. “A charismatic performer and one of the brightest young talents in the Big Easy” – Offbeat Magazine
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, Tra$h Magnolia). “Her material choice shows a daring disregard for the commercial mainstream and a courage to step out and do something different…very successfully”- All About Jazz
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 5 years consecutively at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and has toured across the U.S., Asia, Europe and Central America. “Masakowski’s marvelous voice can be sly, sexy, exotic and arresting as she works her way through an incredibly diverse array of music that crosses cultural and stylistic lines in interesting ways” – All About Jazz
Sasha’a approach to music is as playful, charismatic and spontaneous as her personality.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Although New Orleans’ traditional jazz scene had many top players in the 1950s, there was no principal venue for the city’s veteran greats to play. In 1961, local art dealer Larry Borenstein opened a building in the French Quarter called Preservation Hall. The young tuba player Allan Jaffe ran the hall and organized tours for the musicians who often performed there, naming the band the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In the early days, the key musicians included, at various times, trumpeters Kid Thomas Valentine, Punch Miller, or De De Pierce; trombonists Louis Nelson or Jim Robinson; clarinetists George Lewis, Albert Burbank, or Willie Humphrey; and pianists Joseph Robichaux, Billie Pierce, or Sweet Emma Barrett. By the early ’70s, the front line usually comprised trumpeter Percy Humphrey, his brother Willie on clarinet, and trombonist Jim Robinson (who, after his death in 1976, was succeeded by Frank Demond).

Duvid Smering – A Musical Tribute

To celebrate the life of Duvid Smering, gather with us for music and remembrance. Bring your fondest memories of Duvid and share them during the program. Food and beverage will be available. Featured Musicians:
Piano – Dino Losito and Dave Solazzo
Bass – Bill Kahl and Mike Solazzo
Guitar – Hugh Douglass and John Manfredi
Drums – Lou Grassi, Tom Killian and Mike Melto
Vocals- Cookie Coogan
Saxophone- Rick Doginario and Colin Gordon

David Grisman FolkJazz Trio

For nearly half a century, mandolinist / composer / bandleader / producer David Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. His musical range is wide and deep ó embracing many styles, genres and traditions. An acoustic pioneer and innovator, David forged a unique personal artistic path, skillfully combining elements of the great American music/art forms ó jazz and bluegrass with many international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom ó ìDawgî music (the nickname given him by Jerry Garcia.) †In doing so, heís inspired new generations of acoustic string musicians, while creating his own niche in contemporary music. Grisman discovered the mandolin as a teenager growing up in New Jersey, where he met and became a disciple of mandolinist/folklorist Ralph Rinzler. Despite warnings from his piano teacher that it wasn’t a “real” instrument,†David learned to play the mandolin in the style of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music.

Live Jazz in Waverly, NY

Another fantastic line-up at Culture House Jazz!!! Alejandro Bernard-Papachryssanthou – piano, Hugh Douglass – guitar, Harry Aceto – bass, and Will Sigel – drums, and that guy on sax… Come on by and enjoy an afternoon of excellent jazz, refreshments (see below), play a game of chess or Boggle, in our comfortable cafe/lounge/used book store setting. Bring the whole family (including the kids), and ask your friends to join you! We really need your support!

A Jazz Legend Carries on his Father’s Legacy in Geneva

The Geneva Music Festival presents a wide range of music and various venues in and around Geneva. We hear from jazz legend, drummer T.S. Monk, who will be performing with his sextet at the Smith Opera house. The son of Thelonious Monk, he tells the amazing story of how he first approached his father about wanting to become a drummer — and what happened next.  

Photo credit: courtesy Geneva Music Festival