passionate and smooth… Matt Marshak.
the summer of 2001 Matt charmed Smooth Jazz fans with his independent
debut release entitled Preservation.
He expertly blended jazz, pop, blues, and soul with hip rhythms and
Preservation, Matt made sure there was a little something for
everyone. From the funky beat
of “BK Strut“ to the smoothed out groove of “Friday Afternoon“ to
the slow sultry twang of “Da Blues“, the album, with several radio
friendly tracks, showcased Matt’s versatility and tremendous talent.
It also featured several veteran players eager to work with the
young guitarist. Paul Simon
bassist Bakithi Kumalo, Jaco Pastorius sax man Mario Cruz, Donald Fagan
trumpeter Chris Anderson, and Wilson Pickett saxophonist Dan Cipriano all
lent their talents to the project.
Long Island, New York native, Matt Marshak knew at an early age guitar and
music would be his life and passion. Initially blues and rock greats were
his source of inspiration: Hendrix, BB king, Satriani were a great
starting point to this young player. As he matured, he studied with NY
teaching guitar guru Richard Rabatin who introduced him to the sounds of
Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Cornell Dupree, and George Benson. After
meeting Larry Carlton at the Blue Note in Manhattan he knew instrumental
jazz/smooth music was his calling.
soon realized he'd have to get involved in the NYC scene to advance
himself. He converged on the city and began networking. Soon after, he
found himself playing as a sideman to many songwriters looking for a
supportive, soulful guitarist. He began working with some of NYC's
greatest players... Matt realized it was time to work on his own project
-- a guitar instrumental project!
As a fan of older players such as Larry Carlton and bands such as the jazz crusaders, Matt decided to preserve a bit of that... a tribute from the young player. He also targeted the smooth jazz styles as well. The project attracted the likes of Paul Simon Bassist Bakithi Kumalo, who co-wrote a tune entitled the BK Strut. Dan Cipriano from Wilson Pickett's band joined in and former Jaco Pastorius Sax man Mario Cruz shared his abilities.
the last year, Matt has been has been playing in and around the New York
area sharpening his technique and refining his sound and while he still
retains his smooth recognizable sound, his playing has definitely evolved.
Performing live for the last year with a variety of hugely talented
up-and-coming artists as well as seasoned veterans has given Matt the
opportunity to experiment and expand his sound, not to mention learn a
trick or two.
live shows have had considerable appeal to a wide market.
Matt’s band features a rotating lineup of diverse players that
represent a wide variety of cultures, musical disciplines and ages.
As the Smooth Jazz market evolves and new outlets crop up around
the country, crowds are becoming incredibly diverse.
Young and old, black and white, men and women, the list goes on and
on, everyone appreciates good live music.
Armed with talent and versatility; Matt is equally engaging on a
midday festival stage at or a dimly lit midtown club.
is currently in the studio working on his sophomore album This Time
Around scheduled for release later this year.
He delivers funkier rhythms and tracks with more urban and
international undertones. While the new album still features his
trademark soon-to-be-classic sound, there are also going to be several
tracks with beats to get your blood pumping, fingers tapping and your feet contemplating the
This Time Around includes several track with impressive production credits. “Shake it Again” was produced by Carl Burnett (Boney James, Paul Brown, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford) and “Wonderful Tonight” was produced David Mann (Chuck Loeb, Wayman Tisdale, Steve Cole).