Chris Maskell

Saxophonist & Writer


With over seven years of experience as a freelance writer, Chris has written musician profiles, live concert reviews, album reviews and more for a variety of outlets. Samples of his writing can be found below.

10 outstanding Canadian jazz albums of 2017

A jazz-lover's guide to the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel talks Snoop Dogg and jazz bassoon

10 outstanding Canadian jazz albums of 2015

Ottawa Citizen JazzBlog

Jeff McGregor, on lessons learned from committing Mark Turner’s improvising to paper

After 15 years abroad, jazzman Kenji Omae returns to Canada to teach at StFX

Montreal pianist Min Rager's new journey

Oliver Jones and Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal at the 2016 TD Montreal International Jazz Festival (review)

Emilie-Claire Barlow at the 2016 TD Montreal International Jazz Festival (review)

Kenny Barron/Lionel Loueke Duo at the 2016 TD Montreal International Jazz Festival (review)

2016 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival review: Amiable, animated music from the John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet

Tenor sax trios II (Three's Company, Matt Parker Trio CDs reviewed)

Tenor sax trios I (Sam Taylor, Tori Freestone, Dan Blake CDs reviewed)

Evan Shay's musical rebellion

Review of Melissa Aldana's Back Home

Luminosity: Florian Hoefner CD reviewed

Doug Webb and Dave Stryker CDs reviewed

Concert review: Kneebody in the NAC Fourth Stage

Concert review: Robi Botos with Seamus Blake at the 2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival 

Concert review: Branford Marsalis Quartet tears through visceral show

Concert review: Eli Bennett Quartet at the 2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival

L’élévation du point de chute: Jacques Kuba Séguin CD review

McGIll Reporter

Ilya Poletaev on the genius of George Enescu

Schulich school of Music

Sam Newsome: 'Some things just are'

Russell Wustenberg, a bridge between director and performer

John Hollenbeck's 'The Drum Major Instinct'

Mark Fewer: Expanding your horizons

Theo Bleckmann and John Hollenbeck: a cherished collaboration

On learning from a master: an interview with pianist Anna Peletsis

Learning the Craft (editorial)

Interview with Pat LaBarbera

© Chris Maskell 2019