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Chris Byars

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: November 2, 1970    

Chris Byars was born in New York City on Nov. 2, 1970 into a family of Juilliard-trained musicians. The artistic resources of NYC were made accessible to the youngster, who soon found himself in musical situations with the top talents of the world. Throughout his childhood, he was granted private study with the great teachers in the area, devoting much effort to learning drums, voice, saxophone, musicianship and ballet technique. From age 6 to 14, Chris enjoyed a successful career as an opera singer, performing, touring, and appearing on television with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and New York City Ballet. At age 14 he devoted himself exclusively to the idiom of jazz....
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    Pictures at an Exhibition of Himalayan Art

    Smalls Records
    2008
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    Photos in Black, White and Gray

    Smalls Records
    2007
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    Night Owls

    Smalls Records
    2006

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Photos in Black, White and Gray

Smalls Records (2007)

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Primary InstrumentSaxophone

LocationNew York, NY

Willing to teachBeginners

Credentials/BackgroundI charge $90 for first hour, $40 each additional hour. I'll come to you if you're not too far away! I have a Masters of Music degree in Jazz Studies (Manhattan School of Music). For schools of any level, I present an award-winning clinic/concert program called "Basheer's Dream: The Music of Gigi Gryce Returns," and have given solo master classes on the Musical Legacy of Lucky Thompson. As a teaching musician, I've been selected by the US State Department to tour the former Soviet Republics in April/May 2007...

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