Born in Ottawa, Ontario, saxophonist Chris Maskell is an emerging artist in both the Montreal and Ottawa jazz scenes.
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, Roddy Ellias, 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.
Chris attended McGill University's Schulich School of Music, where he completed his Master of Music in Jazz Performance. During his time at the school, he studied privately with Joe Sullivan, Donny Kennedy, Frank Lozano and Rémi Bolduc.
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