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“Tuesday Happenings”: Hosted by Sasha Berliner with Javi Santiago, Max Gerl, & Anthony Fung
“Tuesday Happenings”: Hosted by Sasha Berliner with Javi Santiago, Max Gerl, & Anthony Fung

Tue, Feb 13


Sam First

“Tuesday Happenings”: Hosted by Sasha Berliner with Javi Santiago, Max Gerl, & Anthony Fung

With credits including Christian McBride and Nicholas Payton, Berliner is a genre-defying composer and one of the premiere vibraphonists of her generation. Band performs a set at 7:30 followed by a jam session from 9:30-11. Jam session participants use coupon code SAM1JAM for a discounted 2nd set.

Feb 13, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Sam First, 6171 W Century Blvd #180, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

Sasha Berliner (vibraphone), Javi Santiago (piano), Max Gerl (bass), Anthony Fung (drums)

"Tuesday Happenings" is a weekly series on Tuesday nights, curated by iconic pianist and friend of Sam First, Gerald Clayton. The house band performs one set at 7:30pm which is immediately followed by a jam session from 9:00-11:00pm. Clayton is out of town for this performance and has arranged for vibraphonst Sasha Berliner to lead in his place!

Sasha Berliner is a musician, composer, producer, and band leader from San Francisco, CA. A rock drummer turned vibraphonist, Sasha was first introduced to the instrument through her high school Oakland School for the Arts as part of the jazz program. While she had multi-faceted interests throughout her adolescence that spanned academia and the arts, the vibraphone swept the lead in becoming her life passion.

She moved to New York City in 2016 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and study under acclaimed vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who was recommended to him personally when trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire heard her at Stanford Jazz Workshop in high school. Harris’ influence on Sasha, in particular with regard to harmony, is something that she felt was “nearly prophetic” in helping her liberate her unique style on the instrument.

Sasha got her major start on the NYC scene when she debuted at NYC Winter Jazz Fest in 2018, followed soon after by Atlanta Jazz Fest and Burlington Jazz Fest in the same year, all before age 20. Sasha was the also first US recipient of the LetterOne “Rising Stars” Jazz Award in 2019, where she headlined 10 reputable jazz festival throughout the U.S. and Canada. This gave Sasha her her first official foray in to touring as a band leader and facilitated the creation of her debut album.

The alternative jazz album, “Azalea” (2019), was subsequently nominated for JazzTimes 2019 Readers’ Poll’s “Best New Release” and has been described as “shimmering and thoughtful” (Kassel, TIDAL), “gleefully exploring various genres and headspaces” (Tremblay, CTEBCM). The record takes on a trans-genre, politically charged, jazz-alternative sound, employing digital effects, synths, audio speech samples, and strings in the soundscape, a product of her diverse musical background and influences melded in to one.

Shortly after, Sasha was named the 2020 Downbeat Critics’ Poll winner of the “Rising Star - Vibraphone” category. She was both the first woman, and at 21, was the youngest individual in the poll’s history to be granted the win. She was voted in the top ten vibraphonists for the 2021 and 2022 Downbeat Reader’s Polls, sharing a list with vibraphonists such as Joe Locke, Stefon Harris, and Joel Ross. Sasha has commissioned works for Modern Marimba (Sarasota, FL) and the SWR NewJAZZ Meeting (Baden-Baden, Germany) as artist in residence for fall 2021, which resulted in her suite of music entitled “Tabula Rasa” to be released as a live CD in May 2023.

Sasha’s music work remains primarily based in both New York City and Los Angeles. She has gone on to headline international venues like Newport Jazz Festival, The Blue Note, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Monterey Jazz Festival.

In addition to performing with her own band, her recent notable performances and recordings have been with musicians such as Tyshawn Sorey, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, and Cecile Mclorin Salvant. She is an endorsing artist for Marimba One and Vater Drumsticks. She has been a guest lecturer at esteemed universities and programs like University of Champaign-Illinois, UC San Diego, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Berklee College of Music, and is currently a Professor of Jazz and Jazz Composition at UC Irvine.

Sasha has been awarded grants from NYFA, Musicares, and The Louis Armstrong Foundation to fund her ongoing artistic endeavors. These grants facilitated the compositions on her sophomore album, “Onyx” (2022), which was released on JMI Recordings alongside Jimmy Fallon/The Roots music producer “Suga” Steve Mandel and Grammy award winning engineer Ben Kane. A fiery, dense, winding, yet thoughtful 43 minute musical development that gestated in just four days, the album features all-star musicians Marcus Gilmore, Burniss Travis II, James Francies, Thana Alexa, and Jaleel Shaw, and was tracked entirely analog to tape. The album was #1 on Jazzwise’s “Charting the Jazz Message” chart and Bandcamp Daily for best jazz albums of November 2022, Editor’s Pick for Jazzis, and voted one of the best jazz albums of the year by UK Vibe, Textura, Jazz Vinyl Collector, the 17th Annual Francis Davis Jazz Poll, and Jazzis (honorable mention).

Sasha’s next projects include a quintet and septet album, “Axial”, capturing the electronic-acoustic hybrid music scenes in Los Angeles and New York that she has been an equal part of. The album will feature fellow Bay Area musicians such as Taylor Eigsti and Harish Raghavan, and is slated to be released in September 2024. Additionally, she looks forward to debuting her first large chamber-jazz ensemble debut in a project entitled “Inventionism”, dedicated to the legendary life of her great-great grandfather, inventor Emil Berliner, in the next few years.

Sam First | 6171 W Century Blvd #180, Los Angeles, CA 90045  |  21+

Refunds are only honored up to 24 hours before the scheduled showtime.

Show Times: The house band performs one set at 7:30pm which is immediately followed by a jam session from 9:30-11:00pm. A separate ticket is required for the the first set and the jam session.


  • 1st set ticket (7:30pm)

    One ticket is good for one set of music only. Student discount code : SAM1STUDENT

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  • Jam session ticket (9:30pm)

    One ticket is good for one set of music only. Performing musicians use coupon code SAM1JAM at checkout for a $5 discount.

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