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Steve Masakowski

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Winter Wonderland; We Three Kings; The Christmas Song; Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Christmas Time Is Here; Skating; North Wind; Little Drummer Boy; Sleigh Ride

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Article: Album Review

Steve Masakowski and the Masakowski Family: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Read "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Holiday Music...with an edge. The holiday season always provides plenty of inspiration for musicians. Jazzers are especially affected, having produced many notable records, beginning, with the Vince Guaraldi trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, 1965). That recording provides a convenient jumping off point for discussing the Masakowski Family's Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, ...

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Chuck Redd: 40 Years On the Road

Read "Chuck Redd: 40 Years On the Road" reviewed by Mark Robbins


Chuck Redd is a busy, busy man. This interview took place after one of his many sets during the North Carolina Jazz Festival, which celebrated its fortieth anniversary at the beginning of 2020. Coincidently, Redd is also celebrating his 40th anniversary of being on the road as one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers and ...

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Masakowski Family: N.O. Escape

Read "N.O. Escape" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The NOLA Masakowski's are a household name in the New Orleans area. Singer Sasha Masakowski has released several notable CDs including Sasha Masakowski & the Sidewalk Strutters Old Green River (Louisiana Music Factory, 2015); Hildegard (Self Produced, 2015); and Wishes (Hypersoul, 2011). Her father, the principle member here, multi-instrumentalist Steve Masakowski, is on faculty at the ...

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Ted Ludwig: Stand Up

Read "Stand Up" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


jny: New Orleans guitarist Ted Ludwig came to jny: Little Rock as part of the Hurricane Katrina diaspora. NOLA's loss has been Little Rock's gain since Ludwig and his fine trio took up residence in the city's famous Capitol Hotel Bar & Grill seven years ago. Before turning professional, Ludwig studied with NOLA luminaries Ellis Marsalis, ...

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Charlie Dennard: From Brazil To New Orleans

Read "From Brazil To New Orleans" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Thousands of miles separate Brazil and New Orleans, but pianist/composer Charlie Dennard thinks these two locales are a lot closer than that. This album is his way of showing that. Dennard, a former student of Ellis Marsalis who's served as a music director for Cirque du Soleil productions and shared the stage with ...

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Take Five With Brian Prunka

Read "Take Five With Brian Prunka" reviewed by Brian Prunka


Meet Brian Prunka:Prior to moving to Brooklyn in 2003, Brian was living and performing in New Orleans, where he spent his formative years honing his musical skills while being immersed in the jazz community. Although his background was in jazz, rock and blues, Brian has always found himself drawn to a wide range of ...

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Take Five With Jackson Evans

Read "Take Five With Jackson Evans" reviewed by Jackson Evans


Meet Jackson Evans: Based in Savannah, Georgia, Jackson is known throughout the southeast as an in-demand band leader, composer, arranger and accompanist. In addition to organizing several regional tours he has performed in concert series and festivals including an appearance as a featured guest at the Savannah Jazz Festival.Jackson holds a BM ...

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Article: Live Review

2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Read "2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival" reviewed by Gary Firstenberg


The city of New Orleans is riding high these days. With the beloved football team winning the Super Bowl, a new mayor promising a brighter future, a rebuilding of structures and economy, and a new HBO television show, Treme, extolling the virtues of the unique culture of this musical mecca, times could not be better for ...


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