The Jazz Listening Room


The Jazz Listening Room is a series of cabaret style jazz concerts featuring nationally and internationally known acts in an intimate setting. This year partnering with Chorum Hall to provide world class Jazz to the Baton Rouge Area.


The Jazz Listening Room Presents

 STEVE MASAKOWSKI AND FRIENDS  FEBRUARY 23, 2018  CHORUM HALL, 1024 EXECUTIVE PARK AVE. BATON ROUGE, LA 70806    BUY TICKETS HERE    Steve Masakowski has long been regarded as one of the top Jazz artists from New Orleans. Born and raised in New Orleans, Steve Masakowski has played guitar with most of the city’s greatest musicians including Alvin “Red” Tyler, Ellis Marsalis, Danny Barker, Earl Turbinton, and James Black. He has also performed with Grammy Award-winning artists Bobby McFerrin, Nicholas Payton, Allen Toussaint, Dianne Reeves and others at major festivals around the world.  As a recording artist, he has released numerous CDs including two on the prestigious Blue Note Records label. He has been an active member of, and composer for the award winning New Orleans jazz group, Astral Project.  He has twice been voted “Best Guitarist,” and won “Best Contemporary Jazz Group” three times by Gambit and Offbeat magazines in their annual reader’s polls. He has published lessons in Guitar Player magazine and authored the book, "Jazz Ear Training – Learning to Hear Your Way Through Music" for Mel Bay Publications. He is frequently recognized by Down Beat magazine as Talent Deserving Wider Recognition. Steve has participated in numerous Jazz concerts and workshops at major universities including Princeton, the University of Chicago, and the University on Indiana.  Steve is currently on the faculty at the University of New Orleans where he holds the position of Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies.

Ricky Sebastian Quintet

October 27, 2018

Ricky Sebastian is one of the premier drummers and music educators in the American music world. Fluent in all styles, Ricky has recorded on hundreds of CD's, toured the world four times, performing at all of the top jazz festivals with numerous jazz and latin artists, and has taught thousands of students throughout his career. Born in southwest Louisiana, Ricky was raised in a family setting which exposed him to music at a young age; particularly Soul, New Orleans R & B, Cajun, and Zydeco styles, as well as Jazz and Blues. He has one CD, "The Spirit Within", released under his name and is the author of an instructional book/CD entitled " Independence on the Drum Set". He is an active clinician for Zildjian Cymbals, Pearl Drums, Pro-Mark drumsticks, Remo products, and LP Percussion. He has given clinics and masterclasses around the globe. In 2004, Ricky was invited as a clinician for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, which is attended by music educators from around the world. He has become an in demand educator in the New Orleans area and is producing the next wave of young musicians in a city that is famous for its music and musicians.

Rick Sebastian - Drums, Leader

Derek Douget - Saxophones

Leon Brown -Trumpet

Oscar Rossignoli - Piano

Martin Masakowski - Bass