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Chris Bakriges brings many years of performing experience to his performing Jazz Standards and original compositions. Born in Detroit Michigan he grew up near Motown Studios where he first learned to improvise and perform Jazz and Blues. He was influenced by McCoy Tyner and Jean Luc Ponty in those days and formed Critical Theory which fused both these progressive voices and performed in festivals as far away as India, Pakistan, and Turkey. Bakriges was the music director for WAMC’s “Jazz Alive” on Northeast Public Radio in the early 90’s, the only live jazz radio program broadcast in the U.S. at that time, and performed with the likes of Dakota Staton, Kenny Burrell, Dave Holland, David Darling, Bobby McFerrin, and Elements featuring Danny Gottlieb and Mark Egan. He has been touring of late with his Matisse Jazz Project alongside Grammy Award winning violinist Zach Brock, inspired by the artwork of the great 20th century colorist, and Clear and Present, a quartet that features Jay Hoggard, Avery Sharpe or Gerald Cannon, and Billy Arnold.


”Each of the band members gets chances to peek out of the collective playing, but what grabbed me most were Bakriges’ melodic themes, the engaging framework on which everything dances…swinging and colorful compositions with a breeziness that bring you back for repeated listens” – Ken Maiuri, Daily Hampshire Gazette (U.S.A)

“Christopher Bakriges Quartet keeps tempo swinging on ‘Clear and Present’… There isn’t one minute of lag time, either. Whether it’s a profound, unfurling bass solo (“Door Of No Return”), or a feeling out on Bakriges’ set of keys, the quartet plays with a constantly moving ulterior motive of swing, as if playing the last gig of their lives, unwilling for the night to end.” – Carol Banks Weber, AXS

“The group have a tremendous collective experience which is belied by the modesty in playing…another superb performance…haunting melodies and rhythms…the pieces carry with them a melancholic spirituality.” – Chris Baber, Jazz Views (London, U.K)

“A pianist extraordinaire…feast your senses upon some of the most wonderfully written and robust music that seems expressly created to fire up the imaginations of vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Billy Arnold; not to mention its creator, Christopher Bakriges himself.” – Raul da Gama, Jazz Global Media Network (Toronto, Canada)

“Highly Recommended.” – Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program, WDET (Detroit Public Radio)

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