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Musician Profile

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Chris first studied music at Liverpool Cathedral where he was a member of the choir for 5 years. After moving to Welwyn Garden City with his family he heared his first jazz at the local jazz club, where he was lucky enough to see Ken Colyer, Sandy Brown, the Christie Brothers and Mick Mulligan with George Melly. He took up the clarinet at this time and after moving to Gloucestershire teamed up with the local boys to form a band. Soon afterwards he was asked to join the Riverside Jazzmen with whom he remained for many years. he toured Holland, Germany Chris has played alongside many great legends of jazz including Earl Hines, Buck Clayton, Willie “The Lion” Smith and Joe Harriot, not forgetting an all night drinking and blowing session with the Alex Walsh band. In 1976 he became a member of the Bluenote Jazz Band, based in Bristol, and over the next 26 years enjoyed playing with visiting musicians such as Earl Hines, Wild Bill Davidson,Bud Freeman, Humphrey Lyttleton, Bob Wilber, Kenny Davernand Digby Fairweather, Ruby Braff and Peanut Hucko. Following the sad death and his close friend and leader of the Bluenotes, Roger Bennett. Chris decided to seek pasture new, joining the Antique Six in the autumn of 2006 and the 7 Stars of Jazz early in 2007. His main influences have been Omer Simeon, Johnny Dodds, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Chris Barber, Sandy Brown, Sidney Bechet. He has visited New Orleans three times so far and played two nights on Bourbon Street,with Jaques Gauthe, Jamie White and Bernie Attridge.


Previous Bookings

Date Group Instrument Further Info
19th May 2019ClarinetN/A
3rd September 2017ClarinetN/A
5th February 2017ClarinetN/A
21st August 2016ClarinetN/A
11th October 2015ClarinetN/A
22nd March 2015ClarinetN/A
16th November 2014ClarinetN/A
13th July 2014ClarinetN/A
29th December 2013ClarinetN/A
31st March 2013ClarinetN/A
29th July 2012ClarinetN/A
27th November 2011ClarinetN/A
24th April 2011ClarinetEaster Party Night - music until 11pm
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