"MATT MARSHAK/Simple Man: In which we find a noted jazz/funk guitarist making a mid life career change. Inspired by happenstance changes that happened along the way, Marshak refocuses his work toward folk rocking singer/songwriter fields, the stuff that actually initially inspired him, and he's issued the proverbial first album you've had your whole life to work toward. Boomerly pleasing, the chops run deep and no matter what he's playing, he plays it righteously. Solid stuff that works throughout." (Nuance 1011)
April 6, 2019
"Guitarist Matt Marshak has been a fixture on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz chart, but he has always let his instrument do the talking. With the upcoming release of his album Simple Man (March 29), Marshak literally finds his voice on the 11-track outing. Enlisting a crack team of producers, songwriters and session players, Marshak reinvents himself as a singer/songwriter and it’s a surprisingly seamless transition. Drawing on the sounds of early inspirations including Paul Simon and James Taylor, Simple Man fits comfortably in the Americana realm. The video for the album’s title track – which includes cameo appearances by Marshak’s wife and daughter – has already been an online sensation, receiving more than 100,000 views on Facebook alone. Who knows if Marshak will stay on this current course or return to his jazzy roots, but Simple Man is a stylistic detour that pays dividends."
Pulaski Furniture, one of country’s leading furniture brands with a 60 year heritage, introduces Rhythm & Home Furniture , their latest collection inspired by the lifestyle and music of Long Island’s own Matt Marshak, one of the country’s leading jazz musicians. This complete Rhythm & Home Furniture collection (bedroom, dining, occasional and upholstery) includes over 70 pieces and mixes contemporary and urban styling featuring a variety of materials that offers a young and hip, yet comfortable lifestyle approach.
“Rhythm & Home by Pulaski Furniture brings a unique medley of casual living and easy lifestyle to today’s homes. By fusing design with artistry, this home furnishing collection brings together style, comfort and individuality.” says Page Wilson, Pulaski Furniture president.
Matt Marshak grew up on Long Island and resides in Riverhead, NY. He is recognized as one of country’s top jazz guitarists and has recorded eight albums including the recently released “Lifestyle” in 2014. He performs at jazz festivals around the world supporting his music. 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. When not performing, Matt gives back to the community by visiting schools to pass the magic of music onto the next generation of performers and listeners.
HIGH POINT — Case goods resource Pulaski Furniture is launching a new licensed line at next week’s Premarket that is inspired by a top jazz musician and aims to capture the lifestyle of the contemporary jazz scene.
The 70-piece Rhythm and Home centers on the music of jazz guitarist Matt Marshak, who at 41 has released eight albums and plays at jazz festivals around the world.
Pulaski says the collection mixes contemporary and urban styling and features a variety of materials that offers a young and hip, yet comfortable lifestyle approach.
The company approached Marshak after consultant and former Pulaski president Don Mitchell saw him perform about two years ago. Mitchell said Marshak was friendly and comfortable with his fan base. Sensing how Marshak’s ease in public could work well with market appearances, Mitchell also saw how his jazz style would translate into a lifestyle look in furniture.
"He wears cool hats and a tie and shirt with tennis shoes — he is cool, relaxed and hip and that is where the whole market is,” Mitchell said. “He is one of the most engaging and thoughtful people you will meet in your whole life. He is just a fabulous young man. I thought it was a nice fit.”
Rhythm and Home bears two flavors — Vintage Tempo and Modern Harmony, each of which has roughly 35 pieces. Vintage Tempo is made with prima vera veneers and comes in a low-sheen charcoal-tone finish. It has two beds, including a panel bed with a button tufted leather headboard that also has a frame with fabric that resembles material on the speakers of a guitar amplifier. The fabric also appears as an accent on the doors of a bar and a bar cabinet.
Since Day One, Artist of the Year Matt Marshak’s calling has been diversity. With early days as a rock/pop sideman on New York City’s Bleeker Street to an international solo career in the funk/jazz world, he now continues his quest to expand his musical horizons.
Fans can catch Marshak in action during the festival at Jazz at the Brewery at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Dogfish Head in Milton (511 Chestnut St.) and 10 p.m. with Nick Colionne at The Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach.
Marshak’s sound is influenced by artists such as Prince, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, George Benson, James Taylor, Keb Mo, Maxwell, Anthony Hamilton, BB King and Albert Collins.
The last few years have brought him to some of Europe's biggest jazz fests, placed him on the top 30 jazz chart, and have brought forth his latest release, "On The Rocks." This album features production and appearances by Carl Burnett (Larry Carlton/Robben Ford/Branford Marsalis), Mario Cruz (Jaco Pastorius), and Chris Kent (Steve Lukather).