Born in Ottawa, Ontario, saxophonist Chris Maskell is an emerging artist in both the Montreal and Ottawa jazz scenes.
Chris currently attends McGill University's Schulich School of Music, where he is pursuing his Master of Music in Jazz Performance. During his time as an undergraduate student at the school, he studied privately with saxophonists Donny Kennedy, Frank Lozano and Rémi Bolduc. He has also taken lessons from some of Canada’s greatest musicians, including Joe Sullivan, Kirk MacDonald, Kelly Jefferson, Mark Ferguson and Mike Tremblay.
Chris has extensive performing experience, and has most recently appeared in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa with his own groups. He has performed with Josh Rager, Petr Cancura, the TD Jazz Youth Summit, the Yamaha All-Star Band, McGill Jazz Orchestra I and the Nic Gaumond Octet, among others. Additionally, he has appeared at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival, Merrickville's Jazz Festival and the Ottawa Blues Festival with a variety of groups.
As an active writer for the Ottawa Citizen's JazzBlog and occasional contributor to CBCMusic.ca, Chris has experience reviewing albums, covering live performances, conducting interviews with musicians and reporting on events. (Read some samples here.)
Chris also acts as a research assistant in pianist and educator Jean-Michel Pilc's Improv. Workshop Project.
Cover page photo taken by Conor Nickerson