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Chris Massey / Bio

Chris Massey is a Spectra Jazz recording artist based out of New York City who is becoming a wildly talked about new breed of young talented player in the world of jazz. Drummer,composer and bandleader Massey produces a fire and forward momentum in his playing that is becoming a fresh sound in the scene today. During this time he was under the tutelage of local legend Shedrick 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 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. Chris above all else is a modern drummer taught in the old tradition of swing; his ethos is to "put his sound" underneath a player and let the fire start to spread. He is currently residing in the New York City area and performing with/leading his modern jazz group "The Nue Jazz Project". He has performed in many venues across the city such as Smoke, Cleopatra's Needle, Smalls, Fat Cat, 55bar, The Garage, The Iridium and many others. His JazzTimes and Downbeat reviewed album "Vibrainium" is now on sale via iTunes, Amazon, and various other media outlets. His latest album "Whosoever" featuring Adam Larson (Tenor Sax), Benny Benack III (Trumpet), Willerm Delisfort (Piano), and Chris Talio (Bass) is now available digitally on Power Cosmic Records via iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby and will be physically released May 7th 2013.

General Info

Band Members
Adam Larson- Sax , Benny Bennack III- Tpt, Willerm Delisfort-Piano , Chris Talio- Bass, Chris Massey- Drums/Compositions
Artist Name
Chris Massey
Home Page
Active Since
Jazz / Hard Bop / Modern Jazz

Contact Info

New York, NY
Spectra Jazz

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