Chris inherited his love of jazz from his father, a tenor saxophonist and avid Dexter Gordon fan. Ready to see the world he found his first regular gig performing as a trumpet player in the Army bands. After a military tour Chris began studying jazz at the University of North Texas where he recorded with many of UNT’s renowned ensembles. During his undergrad Chris took advantage of opportunities to perform and teach in the Czech Republic and Seoul Korea and to perform as lead and solo trumpet with Carnival cruise ships.
In addition to being a regular sound on the Dallas music scene for over a decade, Chris has performed with internationally known groups such as The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Temptations, and The Polyphonic Spree and can be heard on releases from local artists such as The Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Courtney Haines, Chris Clark, Eric McNair, Rachel Avonne, and Brook Stricker.
Since receiving a masters degree in 2012 Chris has focused on combining his irreverent influences of jazz, soul, rock, and film score into one fine sonic mess and finding ways to use the power of music to do good for the world.
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