Steve Masakowski has long been regarded as one of the most respected jazz guitarists and composers on the New Orleans contemporary music scene. He has performed with such jazz greats as, Dave Liebman, Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Dianne Reeves and Rick Margitza. Steve released two solo albums on the Blue Note label titled Direct AXEcess and What It Was as well as Live at Snug Harbor and For Joe on Compass Records. Steve is a member of the renowned jazz group Astral Project and can be heard on their latest CD titled Big Shot. He has recently released a CD of Jazz and Cuban standards with his group Los Tres Amigos called Moon and Sand which features Steve playing 7-string acoustic guitar. Steve is a professor of Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans.