Im Steve Masakowski and Im a jazz guitar player, composer educator from New Orleans Louisiana.
Well, our household was full of music.
For sure, my wife is a classically trained pianist.
And we actually met when she was going to Loyola University and she was studying music there.
And I had been playing at a jazz club called Tylers at the time playing with Ellis Marsalis.
My name is Sasha Masakowski.
I am a singer, jazz musician here in New Orleans in Louisiana.
So my earliest memories would be watching my father perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with his band the Asheville Project.
我最早的记忆就是看着父亲和他的乐队“阿什维尔计划”(the Asheville Project)在新奥尔良爵士与传统音乐节上表演。
Hes played with everybody.
Hes so well versed and hes you know renowned all over the world because of that.
I didnt really want to push my kids into music and my wife either.
I wanted them to experience the joy of music without being pressured into it and I think thats what happened.
I think what I love about jazz is the freedom that you have to really find your own voice.
Playing music together with my dad,
he used to sit me down at the piano and I was a little girl,
and teach me ear training and try to teach me how to improvise while he played guitar.
Oh, were you there? How were you about, one?
I think I was like a freshman in high school and there was a boy who was like a junior or senior and I had a crush on him.
I thought he looked like Justin Timberlake.
I remember he came up to me and he grabbed my hands,
and he said, "Oh, my Gosh,you have your dads hands!"
Because he was this total music nerd and I was like, "No,my dads actually kind of cool and like."
You know, I can use this to my advantage.
I mean one of the most memorable things for me was our first gig that we ever did.
Do you remember where it was?
It was like…I thought…
Play together and sometimes we tour together.
Well go to Europe and its a wonderful experience to be able to play with you kids.
Working with my dad is, I mean,hes very like the boss, you know,
and so and sometimes he makes that known before rehearsing something,
and you know, Im on my cell phone whatever checking a text message or something and I mean hell stop at me,
but he didnt get off your phone, you know.
Shes a really great composer and a lyricist, a really great lyricist.
In fact I asked her to write, you know, lyrics to some of my compositions,
and she always comes out with just brilliant lyrics.
And then also the fact that shes a great solo artist.
I think I want my dad to know that Im just so so so deeply grateful for him in my life,
both as a musician that I can play with a mentor but also just as a father.
I mean hes one of the most kind and generous loving people Ive ever known, you know,
and totally selfless and I think hes taught me a lot about…
what it means to have like,just a really strong person in your life,
who was there for you no matter what...
Whats my dad like as a person…he is super super super super smart and like can do anything himself.
I already put the water…
Because he can just fix my car, you know, or do anything in the house:the plumbing, the electricity…
Fathers Day is, I guess, its special to me now,
because when I see my kids grown and pursuing their own careers,
its really amazing, it makes me very very proud.
I think, like I say, we all have our own separate careers,
but we get together, you know, as a family,
and we tend to find common ground in New Orleans music or original compositions and things like that.