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.
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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