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Damien Masterson, All Over the Map, 2009

Considered one of his finest albums, it showcases his compositional and arranging talents, as well his trademark harmonica and saxophone chops. A collaborative effort with Bassist/Producer Jon Evans of San Pablo Recorders, “All Over the Map” has been dubbed a “must have.”

Damien Masterson, Blue World Order, 2005

Rock, Blues, Mustang Sally in Chinese…. an awesome display of Damien’s versatility as an arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Currently available as download only.

Damien Masterson, Scrapbook, 2004
A collection of scraps, outtakes and previously unreleased material, offered as insight to what Damien has been up to in between his other releases.

Damien Masterson, Cubacambio, 1999
Recorded in Havana, Cuba, featuring Damien on tenor sax and harmonica on a wonderful meld of Western pop and Afro-Cuban rhythms.

Spacetime Continuum, Astral Werks, 1999
On the cutting edge of electronic music is Jonah Sharp, a.k.a. “Spacetime Continuum.” Damien is featured on tenor sax and chromatic harmonica. He has also performed live with Jonah, opening for Carl Craig, Todd Terry and Fatboy Slim.

Onramp Gerry Grosz Jazz Kitchen – 1998
Vibraphonist Gerry Grozs Features Damien’s chromatic harmonica on his Latin original composition “Velho Novo”

Kitty Margolis, Madkat with a Twist, 1997
With the legendary Charles Brown, featuring Damien on “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”

Rad., Higher Plane, 1997
Featured on chromatic harmonica on the phenomenal singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Rosanne Delamonta-Kirsch’s third release.

Damien and Intercambio, Intercambio, 1996
Latin-influenced 1996 disc released after Damien’s return to the U.S.—the first on his own Good Omen label. Features an all-star lineup of Bay Area musicians—Marcos Silva, Mike Marshall, Celso Alberti & Sandy Cressman.

Zerro Santos Big Band, Sao Paulo, 1993
Damien on chromatic harmonica and 2nd tenor sax with Brazilian bassist Zerro Santos’ 20-piece ensemble.

Damien Masterson, Masterson Jazz Quartet, (1991)
First self-produced recording, featuring Bay Area legend Ed Kelley on piano, Troy Lampkin and Carl Chelette on bass, Mark Lignelle on drums and Damien on tenor sax and chromatic and diatonic harmonicas. Includes Damien’s first recorded original, “D’s Position.” Recorded live at Live Oak Studios, Berkeley.


Damien has performed solo and as a sideman at the following local venues and festivals, as well as a long list of international venues:

  • Biscuits ‘n Blues
  • Blues on Whyte, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Blues Cruise ‘98
  • Bruno’s
  • Djavan – (Opening act, 1996)
  • Elbo Room, San Francisco
  • Enrico’s
  • Festival on the Lake, Oakland
  • Fillmore Street Jazz Festival
  • Gordon Biersch Brewery, San Francisco & San Jose
  • Harry Denton’s
  • Jupiter
  • Kimball’s San Francisco
  • Kimball’s East
  • Lou’s Pier 47
  • Paragon
  • Russian River Jazz Festival
  • San Jose Jazz Festival
  • Sol Y Luna
  • Sun Valley, Idaho
  • The Jazz Store
  • Yoshi’s

Damien has also worked with Ed Bogas Productions, Brian Morgan (BamJam), Ricky Encarnacion (Menudo), Prince/SF Productions, Ripe Productions and many others. He has recorded on commercials and jingles for Pak’n’Save, Yahoo!, Orchard Supply Hardware, video games Voodoo Vince, (Steve Kirk, Microsoft X-Box) “Psychonauts” and “Sly 3: Honor among thieves” (LucasArts, Peter McConnel), as well as many others.