Chris currently teaches privately in New York City at his own school called C2 Studios. Having been a long time friend and musician under the mentorship of George Garzone, Chris's fluidity on the instrument is uncompromising. While Leading a number of groups in New York City he has performed at every major jazz club including Birdland, Blue Note, Smalls, FatCat, Miles Cafe, The 55 Bar, The Bar Next Door, and Cornelia St. Cafe, Siberia, Charlie O's, B.Smith's, and Triad Lounge. As well as performances with Kenny Werner, Peter Slavov, Mike Mainieri, Ari Hoenig, John Lockwood, Dennis Irwin, George Garzone, Greg Tardy, Antonio Farao, Frank Tiberi, Bob Gullotti, Francisco Mela, Ben Street, Pete Zimmer, Jeremy Allen, John Sullivan, Rick Margitza, Essiet Essiet, Eivind Opsvik, Ross Pederson, Charles Blenzig, Sean Conly, Tony Moreno, Ian Froman, and Sam Yahel.
Crocco frames a good portion of this set on an open-air platform, where the
trio delves into latter-day Trane-isms amid movements where they engage in
punchy unison choruses. On the Wizard of Oz-culled 'If I Only Had A Brain,'
Crocco’s anthem-like reading is offset by Mela’s asymmetrically engineered,
rumbling and tumbling pulses. In sum, the trio affords itself ample stretching
room to coincide with an uncanny semblance of flexibility, brute force and
progressive-jazz like expansion.
Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
...this hard-working, earnest trio and the others make significant and
confident contributions of their own to the proceedings