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Chris Jentsch

Chris Jentsch (guitar) is a recording and performing artist working primarily in jazz and contemporary improvisational forms. Based in Brooklyn since 1999, his main ensemble is Jentsch Group in its trio, quartet, or large configurations.

Jentsch is also a composer of jazz and concert music having been awarded grants/commissions from NY State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Composers Assistance Program of the American Music Center (2), American Composers Forum (2), Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, and Penfield Commission Project.

Jentsch’s first CD Media Event was released in 1998 and features his working trio from that era. His second CD Miami Suite (1999) presents original works for large jazz ensemble. His third CD featuring the ACF-commissioned Brooklyn Suite is slated for a Spring 2007 release on Fleur De Son Records.

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”The interesting thing is that he's using avant-garde techniques, but in a traditional framework…”
– Will Friedwald (New York Sun)

“In its scope and detail and eternally recurring inner logic, Cycles Suite may be the Finnegans Wake of big-band jazz. …a moving and elegiac journey through complex emotional terrain.” - Richard Gehr (from the liner notes)

“Chris Jentsch's seven-part homage to his home borough (Brooklyn Suite) is at once grandly orchestral and strikingly personal. The entire band seems to radiate from Jentsch's pensive guitar pulse, blending jazz, classical and rock ideas into a multidimensional reflection of everyday life.” - Forrest Dylan Bryant, Jazz Times

“Chris Jentsch's Brooklyn Suite (is) a complex-yet-highly rewarding suite for 18-piece ensemble

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Primary Instrument

Guitar, electric


Brooklyn, NY

Willing to teach



Teaching since 1990. Jentsch attended the Berklee College of Music and holds liberal arts and jazz guitar degrees from Gettysburg College, the New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Composition from the University of Miami in 1999 and is published by the University of Northern Colorado Press, Advance Music, and Fleur de Son Records. Available to teach in New York City, particularly in Brooklyn. for more information.

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Cycles Suite
Cycles Suite
Fleur De Son
Brooklyn Suite
Brooklyn Suite
Fleur De Son
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