Sasha Dobson grew up in Santa Cruz, CA. Her father Smith Dobson was one of the Bay Area’s most influential and in-demand pianists, her mom a well-known singer and her brother an accomplished drummer.
By the time she was 12, Sasha was performing with the entire family at the Monterey Jazz Festival. She moved to Brooklyn at 17 and quickly assimilated into the NYC jazz scene, releasing 2005’s The Darkling Thrush, recorded with The Chris Byars Octet, and Modern Romance (2006). The latter, which won praise from TIME Magazine, was produced by Jesse Harris and engineered/mixed by the world renowned, Terry Manning.
Hailed by MAGNET as “raw and compelling”, Dobson’s album, Aquarius (2013), was recorded with guitarist/producer Joel Hamilton (Black Keys, Tom Waits, Sparklehorse), Kenny Wollesen on drums and Tony Scherr on bass. She and her band performed at Farm Aid 2013 and Dobson opened for Willie Nelson on a series of early 2014 dates. Later that year she released Into the Trees (2014), featuring both original songs and covers, the album was continuation of her work with Joel Hamilton and also incorporated Mauro Refosco on percussion (Atoms for Peace, Tom York, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Burne), Mikael Jorgansen (Wilco) and Jon Evans (Tori Amos).
After five years of playing and touring around the world together in Norah Jones’ band, the two women decided to start another band together. With the addition of Catherine Popper on bass, Puss n Boots formed and they took their talents into the studio. Their debut album No Fools, No Fun was released on Blue Note in July 2014. Not many artists have successfully transitioned from jazz to country, the release enjoyably proved that it can be done very well.
Over the past years, Sasha has done two guest appearances with Neil Young and Bob Dylan at MusiCares. Leading her own band, she has also done a series of opening dates for Neil Young and Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid performances.
Throughout her career, Sasha has continually maintained her notoriety as a remarkable jazz vocalist. With performances in Lebanon, Russia, Japan, China, Switzerland and Greece – Sasha’s voice has been heard and enjoyed world wide.
2017 now finds Sasha on the verge of releasing a series of singles that continue her exploration of infusing electronic pop alongside her masterfully honed vocal delivery. Once again her creative partnership with Grammy-nominated producer, Joel Hamilton, will surely deliver a release that inspires her ever growing fan base.