The first time Chris ever saw a real Hammond B-3 organ was in a dark club in Kansas City, MO called Bobby’s Hangout. After taking an interest in the sound of the instrument on some recordings, Jim Mair (his college professor) recommended he go to see the man at the helm, renowned organist Everette DeVan. Chris knew instantly that night that the B-3 was the instrument he was destined to tackle. After several weeks of going to Bobby’s and some subtle coaxing, Mr. DeVan took him on as a student, teaching him the ins and outs of the instrument and the art of that all familiar Hammond groove. Having played bass, piano, and guitar in school, the transfer was a natural one.
Not much later, Chris organized and started playing with a quintet of some of Kansas City’s most promising young musicians called Grampa’s Cough Syrup. This group provided a platform for learning, writing, and performing at numerous venues around Kansas City. During this time he also played with the Brody Buster Band as well as the Tony DiPardo Pack Band, the in-game music for the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2007, Chris recorded his self-titled debut album at Soundtrek Studios in Kansas City, MO. This recording featured his friends and regular bandmates Nick Rowland on alto saxophone and Kevin Frazee on Drums. In addition, it featured the incredible Danny Embrey on guitar and as a producer. Only a month later, Chris made the decision to move to New York City.