with Matt Marshak at Berks Jazzfest April 9th Segment 1


Michael Tozzi chats with Matt Marshak backstage at the Berks Jazzfest on April 9th. His new album is called North Carolina.

New York Guitarist Matt Marshak brings a unique, one of a kind, handcrafted style of guitar playing. A truly eclectic blend of jazz, urban groove, pop, funk, r&b, world beat, and much more. His style and sound have led him across the globe performing at some of the worlds biggest jazz festivals. The Dubai International Jazz Festival, Panama City’s Seabreeze Jazz Festival, The Berk’s Jazz Festival, Mallorca Spain’s Jazz Festival, Portugal’s Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival, Slovakia’s Bratislava Jazz Days, Wisconsin’s Jazz on the Vine, and many many more. He has performed on the same festival bills with legends such as Santana, Larry Carlton, George Benson, David Sanborn, Fourplay, and many more. He has also headlined and performed with artists such as Alex Bugnon, Nick Colionne, and Four 80 East.

Matt Marshak’s latest 2016 recording “New York” brings together a live and organic collection of ‘real music.” This album was recorded with the band live in the studio without the use of programming, drum machines or loops. The goal was to capture the human element and interaction between the players. Sean Michael Ray brings his intelligent bass lines, Benjie Porecki lays down his rich and melodic keyboards, and Carl Anderson brings the big beat on the drums. The album was recorded live in Baltimore at Secret Sound Studios in one day without a rehearsal! The opening track “North Carolina” is a soulful mix of melody and groove, and “Real Music” is a throwback old school jam featuring Ronnie Queen on vocals. There’s also “Blues for BB” which celebrates the King of The Blues–BB King.

In 2016 Matt Marshak was also featured with Prince saxophonist Marcus Anderson for a #1 Billboard Jazz song “Cup of Joe.”

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