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Chris is a jazz guitarist, vocalist, teacher, and composer based around London, Ontario, Canada and an active member of the regional jazz scene.  He began his study of jazz with guitarist Ben Heywood and went on to study jazz performance at York University in the early-to-mid 1990’s with an exceptional faculty roster led by John Gittins.  To commemorate the musical genius and legacy of Ed Bickert on the occasion of his 80th birthday, Chris was invited to perform with Jake Langley, Steve Wallace, and Barry Elmes among “Canada’s jazz luminaries” (also including guitarists: Oliver Gannon, Lorne Lofsky, David Occhipinti, Michael Occhipinti, Ted Quinlan, Reg Schwager; and bandmates: Terry Clarke, Mike Murley, Neil Swainson, Don Thompson, and Kevin Turcotte) at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio with the now-retired Bickert in the audience.  This sold-out concert, produced by Jennifer Thorpe, entitled “Ed Bickert at 80 – A Jazz Celebration”, was recorded and re-broadcast on CBC Radio’s Canada LIVE!.  Chris has performed music on and off stage in theatre productions at London's Grand Theatre (Shrek, Footloose, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Drayton Festival Theatre, Huron Country Playhouse, Upper Canada Playhouse, Bluewater Playhouse, and Theatre Cambrian.  He has also performed at the Stratford Festival’s Night Music series, at regional jazz festivals, and at many other venues with jazz artists: Lorne Lofsky, Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Bob Mover, Mark Eisenman, Kieran Overs, Alex Dean, Gene Smith, Bob Brough, Charlie Rallo, John Noubarian, and George Mitchell.  Chris plays a wide variety of jazz and popular music as a freelance and studio musician in multiple bands, and performs as a solo guitar and vocal act.  He also works as a clinician and private teacher, and has been a perennial nominee (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017) and winner (2018 with 5PGB) for Best Jazz Artist at the Jack Richardson London Music Awards. - YouTube video - Facebook page

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