Born: July 3, 1980
Reverend Chris, piano and vocals, relocated to Philadelphia following a decade in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home. He brought that Big Easy style of relaxed fonky jazz piano that has made so many other New Orleans keyboardists extremely popular. He has been a member of Brides of Jesus, Restless Natives, New Orleans Juice, Ellen Rogers, Balding Vincents, Dodge City Junkies, Roger Learnard Band, Alryn Wolters, Naked Nuns of Soul, SubStream Quartet. He has performed with many music greats including Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Irvin Mayfield, George Porter Jr., Mark Van Allen (Blueground Undergrass), Russell Batiste (the funky Meters), Charles Neville, Ian Neville, and “Mean” Willie Green (the Neville Brothers), just to name a few. Past gigs include the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Philadelphia Folk Fest, the Palace Casino in Biloxi, Fairmont Hotel’s Sazarec Lounge House Band, Bourbon Street’s Storyville Jazz Parlour House Band and led a New Orleans Jazz Brunch at Philadelphia’s Le Cochon Noir....
Awards2010 Philly HotList "Favorite Local Entertainer"
If you like music that gets your foot tapping, so much so you can't help but get up and dance, then you will love Viper Mad. - Emily Brooks, Life on the Hill Magazine
One of the unsung stars of the current Philly music scene. - Philadelphia Daily News
Super pianist! - Chestnut Hill Local
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Currently teaching both beginner piano students just learning the basics as well as intermediate/advanced students who are looking to learn jazz piano, theory & improv. Theory & improv students do not have to be piano students, just have a confident grasp of the instrument they do play.