Born: November 2, 1970 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
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....
Photos in Black, White and Gray
Tracks: Aquarian Epoch; Milton; Safe At Home; Acoustic Phenomenon; Manhattan Valley; Cliff Diving; Riddle of the Sphinx; A.T..
Personnel: Chris Byars: Alto, Tenor, Soprano Saxophones. Sacha Perry, Piano. Ari Roland, Bass. Andy Watson, Drums.
As a Leader
Chris Byars Octet
Tracks: All or Nothing at All;The Inevitable; Gnid; Manhattan Valley; In Da Funhouse; Blue Gardenia; Night Owls; The Way You Look Tonight; Nancy; Conception; Village Beauty; Let's Kiss and Make Up.
Personnel: Chris Byars: Tenor Saxophone/Arranger. Richie Vitale: Trumpet. Gary Pribek, Alto Saxophone. John Mosca, Trombone. Mark Lopeman, Baritone Saxohpone. Sacha Perry, Piano. Neal Miner, Bass. Andy Watson, Drums.
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New York, NY
Willing to teach:
I 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. I'm working on a educational book, contents are TOP SECRET...well, let's just say it will help you sightread better.