February 17th, 2020 8:45pm Stage 2
Celebrating Rockwood Music Hall’s 15-Year Anniversary!
The dynamic New York jazz singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sasha Dobson (of Puss n Boots with Norah Jones and Catherine Popper) just released a Christmas EP, Dear Santa, on Blue Note Records.
Since her debut album Modern Romance, produced by Grammy award winning Jesse Harris, Sasha has been collaborating with some of the best musicians and bands on the music charts. She is currently working on her forthcoming EP with bassist and producer Don Was (Was Not Was, Bonnie Raitt) and drummer Jay Lane (Bob Weir, Primus). Word has it Sasha’s also been making NY appearances with her latest jazz project, a super group compiled of NY heavy hitters Peter Bernstein, Neal Miner, Dred Scott, and Ian Hendrickson-Smith (The Roots).
Sasha grew up in a family of accomplished jazz musicians. Father, pianist Smith Dobson (Red Holloway, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Pepper) and mother, educator and sought after jazz vocalist, Gail Dobson. Her brother, multi-instrumentalist and prodigy of jazz drums, Smith Dobson V.
At the age of 12, Sasha wowed the crowed performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival withher family and since then has toured worldwide as a bandmate for Norah Jones among, and also under her own name singing and playing guitar. She has also been a featured artist in Farm Aid,openening for Neil Young and Willie Nelson.
Percussionist Kenny Wolleson performed on over 30 recordings during the 1990s and, as the decade progressed, gained increasing renown as a musician of astonishing versatility, skill, and ingenuity. He has recorded and toured with all kinds of musicians, from Tom Waits (Wolleson performs on Waits' 1993 collaboration with William S. Burroughs, Black Rider), to Sean Lennon, to Ron Sexsmith (Wolleson performs on his second album, Other Songs). A founding member of the New Klezmer Trio, Wolleson is also all over N.Y.C.'s downtown jazz and avant-garde musicians' recordings, and has been so active as to tour with Bill Frisell and Myra Melford in the same month.
New York-based jazz musician Tony Scherr plays acoustic and electric bass and guitar in a variety of (often downtown) line-ups. He played with Woody Herman while a teenager, and later performed in Russ Gershon's Either/Orchestra and John Lurie's Lounge Lizards. Scherr has toured the U.S., Japan and Europe, and now has a recording studio based out of his home. He has worked frequently with reedist Michael Blake, in the Lounge Lizards, on Blake's Kingdom of Champa and in the groove quartet, Slow Poke, whose debut CD Scherr also engineered. Other artists Tony Scherr has worked with include Sophie B. Hawkins and Maria Schneider. ~ Joslyn Layne, Rovi