Chris is a diverse and multi-talented professional bassist, and a hard-working guy, juggling 8 + bands alongside session work and teaching. Chris has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, where he had the privilege of studying with one of the most in-demand jazz bassists on the west coast (and former student of the great jazz legend Charlie Haden), Darek “Oles” Oleszkiewicz. While at USC, Chris also studied jazz performance/composition with Alan Pasqua, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music with Aaron Serfaty, and jazz arranging with Jason Goldman.
Chris has traveled the U.S. extensively, playing everything from jazz, western, and bluegrass to folk, rock n’ roll, and pop. He has been featured regularly as a guest artist with the Metropolitan Master Chorale under the baton of Glenn Carlos. Most recently, Chris opened for rock legends the Violent Femmes, on a string of shows for their “We Can Do Anything” tour.
As a teacher, Chris draws a lot of inspiration from his experiences as a working professional musician, striving to help students acquire the necessary skills to become competent and creative players, each navigating their own unique musical path. His bass lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of the individual, while also stressing fundamentals with a strong emphasis on practicality. Chris has experience with children, teenagers and adults and deeply enjoys getting to know each of his students during the course of their bass lessons.
Chris’ favorite musicians include: Andy Shauf, Chris Thile, The Punch Brothers, Radiohead, Blake Mills, Alan Hampton, Kneebody, Cassandra Violet, Lisa Hannigan, Carina Round, Buke And Gase, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, Taylor McFerrin, Ray LaMontagne