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Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: October 9, 1981

Tenor saxophonist/composer Christopher Madsen’s musical career is taking flight. He has made an impact during his tenure on the jazz scene, provoking Jay Collins of onefinalnote.com to say, “Madsen is no lightweight” and that he “shows a great deal of promise”. Saxophonist and Maynard Ferguson alum Mark Colby has said, “There's a maturity in the sound of [Chris's] horn, the colors and sonorities...bring back the giants of this music”. His sound has been described as unique and very personal, with “a [Wayne] Shorter-esque sweetness” (Kenneth Egbert, jazznow.com) incorporating a range of influences from Coleman Hawkins through Warne Marsh up to Joe Lovano, and his improvisational style always strives for the organic, his solos at times unraveling themselves by their own free will. A firm knowledge and understanding of the history of the music which he has devoted himself to serves as an underpinning which he hopes will propel him to a successful and fulfilling life in jazz....
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