with Matt Marshak at Berks Jazzfest April 9th Segment 3


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

At this time, Matt had the opportunity to begin touring the country and eventually the world through his new relationship with Mighty Music, NYC. He was getting unprecedented airplay and tour bookings for an artist who was not on a major label. His song “Wind Chill Factor” from the album “Groovosphere” had national airplay and charted on Billboard at the time. Tour stops included many cities in the USA. Eventually Matt was asked to perform in Europe at the Bratislava Jazz Days for the first time. Click here for a video from that time. With this momentum, Matt entered the studio again to record “On The Rocks” with producer Carl Burnett (Branford Marsalis/Larry Carlton). This song and album received airplay and record sales across the world. This record also featured an instrumental version of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire.”

The next few years were filled with many dates across the USA. From small cities to big festivals, Matt was on the road for much of this time. He built a loyal and distinct fan base of music enthusiasts who appreciated his original, eclectic, and unique sound. Around this time, Matt met up with Baltimore/DC musicians Carl Anderson (drums), Rodney Williams and Benjie Porecki (keys). This DC/Baltimore sound would become part of Matt’s “Family Funktion,” and “Urban Folktales” records. NY Bassist Kenny Harris was also a big part of the live show and recordings at the time. Here’s a video of Funkology from that time.

Recent Recordings and Happenings

Matt’s next recording became “Colors of Me.” From this recording, the retro groove “Cadillac Kid” gained popularity through Sirius/XM radio. Matt next entered the studio to record a totally live project called ” Lifestyle.” Bass legend Gerald Veasley added to the mix, and tour stops included Mallorca Spain, Augsburg Germany. Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival among other great events.

While on tour in North Carolina, Matt gained the interest of Pulaski Furniture. They approached Matt about the idea of a Furniture Line based on the sound and style of Matt’s music. This opportunity opened Matt’s music to a whole new audience of listeners. Rhythm and Home became a nationwide line of furniture that has been on the market for the last two years. Visit here for more info.

Matt’s latest recording “New York” continues to express Matt’s vision of jazz and groove music. It is recorded 100% live in the studio with an emphasis on capturing the human element and interaction of the players. With his trusty Epiphone Sheraton guitar and a real guitar amp, Matt lays down some authentic and organic compositions.

He brings a unique style that blend all genres of music. His audience ranges from teenagers to grown folks who have seen it all. His mission is to create and present music that uplifts and inspires. His vision is to be honest and heartfelt with each and every note. He is guitarist Matt Marshak!

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