Chris Grasso

www.chrisgrassomusic.com

Chris is a Washington, DC based jazz pianist who specializes in working with vocalists.

Chris serves as Music Director for D.C.'s most in-demand jazz vocalist, the incomparable Sharón Clark. They perform regularly at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C., and have appeared together on many stages, from the National Mall, as part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, to the Cape May Jazz Festival in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

Chris joined Denise Thimes, Matt Wilson, Avery Sharpe and Albert Rivera to close the show after Dave Brubeck’s performance at the 2010 Litchfield Jazz Festival. Chris has performed live on WPFW, Washington, D.C.'s jazz station, with jazz greats Keter Betts and Buck Hill. He also has appeared with the Ken Peplowski/Chuck Redd Quartet, and with New Orleans' historic jazz family, the Jordans.

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”He’s both a consummate musician and a consummate professional—sensitive and tasteful on one hand, pragmatic and take-charge on the other. It’s made him a figure of respect and outright adoration among his colleagues in the D.C. jazz community.” - Michael J. West (Best of DC, Washington City Paper)

On Sharón Clark’s Metropolitan Room show: “an absolute triumph . . . with musical director Chris Grasso replicating the licks Brother Ray played on The Three Bells.” - Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal

“It takes a special pianist with a high degree of selflessness to serve effectively as an expert vocal accompanist

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