Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

"The greatest jazz festival in the world™"

In Sussex County, DE

Produced by the Delaware Celebration of Jazz

A 501[C][3] Corporation

October 16 - 19, 2019

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2018 Artist of the Year - Matt Marshak

Marshak grew up in Long Island, NY, and was first captured by the sounds of rock and roll and the blues, digging on the likes of BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Collins, James Brown and Joe Satriani. In high school, he honed his chips with three well-respected teachers: Joseph “Joey” Casciano, Mike Orioles and Richard Rabatin. They all inspired in him a lifelong commitment to his craft, while Rabatin in particular turned him on to the contemporary jazz and blues guitar sounds of Carlton, Benson and Ford. While attending college at SUNY Geneseo, Matt had the opportunity to play with a blues and R&B group, as well as connecting and improvising with straight-ahead jazz saxophonist Joseph Yoon. Once out of college, Marshak performed a variety of musical styles with New York’s top original bands and artists, even drawing praise from Deep Purple’s legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

As an independent contemporary jazz artist on the recording and touring scene, Marshak has built a sound based on inspiration, improvisation and spontaneity – reassuring listeners and fans that his music is still seated in the tradition of jazz and roots music. He has also paved a path and been a source of inspiration for new artists. His live shows feature a simple quartet that allows him to show off the talents of his bandmates. The warm and inviting presentation lets his audience really feel the essence of this unique guitar player, one who often transcends any specific genre.

Marshak’s sound is heartfelt, his guitar playing is hand-crafted, and he’s well on his way to becoming a new, original guitar voice as he continues to push the limits of jazz and groove music.

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