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Reverend Chris

Rev Chris was born in Boston and raised in Philadelphia where he began studying Jazz at Settlement Music School under Denise Bruckno. While attending Springfield Township High School he started studying with Philly legend Eric Speigel while also learning the trumpet. After high school he moved to New Orleans where he attended Loyola University and University of New Orleans. He honed his piano skills formally studying with Michael Pellera and Ellis Marsalis. Blues pianist/organist Joe Krown took Rev under his wing and showed him the ins and outs of boogie woogie; allowing Chris to be his official sub for “New Olreans Piano Night” while Joe toured with Gatemouth Brown, Charlie Musselwhite and his own bands.

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”On the keys, Chris has, the kind of feeling that boppers were just beginning to experiment with and that James Booker brought to fruition.” - OffBeat Magazine

“If you like music that gets your foot tapping, so much so you can't help but get up and dance, then you will love Viper Mad.” - Emily Brooks, Life on the Hill Magazine

“One of the unsung stars of the current Philly music scene.” - Philadelphia Daily News

“Super pianist!” - Chestnut Hill Local

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Philadelphia, PA

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Currently teaching both beginner piano students just learning the basics as well as intermediate/advanced students who are looking to learn jazz piano, theory & improv. Theory & improv students do not have to be piano students, just have a confident grasp of the instrument they do play. Currently accepting students for Monday and Tuesday time slots. $50 for a 45 minute lesson at the intermediate and advanced levels, beginner lessons available at $40 for 30 minutes.

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