Chris Massey is following his ambition of making a name for himself as a new breed of young talented player in the world of jazz. Growing up in small town Uniontown, Ohio where he picked up his first pair of drumsticks a the age of nine he took his first steps into his musical career as a Jazz Performance major at Youngstown State University in 2000.
During this time he was under the tutelage of local legend Cedric Hobbs who had played with Charlie Bird Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and many other jazz legends of the day. It was during this time where Chris learned that jazz was not a music genre but a state of consciousness. In 2003 Chris began performing with world renounced artists such as former Jazz Messenger Donald Harrison Jr. Since then he has performed with such renowned artists as Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Birdland Big Band and members of The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra as well as many other great players.
Among performing Chris is also coming into his own as a composer and arranger. Gaining inspiration from notable drummer-composers such as Brian Blade and Jeff Tain Watts; Chris has began composing his first works in early 2001 with his 1st recorded composition piece Gotham Nights performed in 2005. Chris also has been teaching lessons of all age varieties from the skill ranges of beginner to advanced college since 1998.
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Man I can't help but to hear Art Blakey in this cat. It is very refreshing.
- Lofton Emenari III, What is This Thing Called Jazz University of Chicago WHPK 88.5FM interview
Here's a creative drummer well in touch with his post bop roots as he circles the rim from Art Blakey to Chick Corea with several well chosen stops in between. A solidly played set by a crew that honors throwing caution to the wind, Massey once again shows he knows his stuff and isn't afraid to try on something 'nue'. A nice ear opener that looks forward and backward with grace all at the same time
Willing to teach
Chris Massey has taught various age groups from 5years old to 60 years old in a variety of group and private settings.
His approach to lessons is an adaptable one based on the individual. Some students require more of a strict structure while others can handle a more "hands off" approach to their learning. If you are a beginning student as with all things in life you must learn to walk before you can run. So after 3-6 months of lessons with Chris you will have a good starting foundation to rhythm and music to put you on the path to being an excellent drummer. For those of you who are intermediate to early advanced levels...there will be lessons on the "Why" as well as the "How"...philosophical and theoretical concepts behind drumming are as important as physical concepts when it comes to having your own unique voice behind the kit.