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Chris Luther has been playing and studying music for more than 25 years. He first started learning Country Guitar, and Classic Rock n Roll and Motown. His first Guitar heroes were players like Jimmy Page, Richie Valens, and Chet Atkins. Shortly afterwards he began listening to his father's Jazz records of Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, and one of his most early favorites pianist Ahmad Jamal. Chris attended Grimsley High School in Greensboro N.C. and played for the Jazz Band under the direction of Director Forrest Munden. Around the age of 15 Chris' love for jazz was kick started by the reputable educator Jamey Aebersold and for four continuous summer sessions throughout High School, he attended the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camps where he had the opportunity to perform and share ideas with some of the nation's finest players and educators. He also attended the Greensboro Music Academy and has studied with guitarist Greg Hyslop, who is currently a performing artist in Greensboro and who taught at Greensboro' Guilford College, and now teaches at UNCG. Throughout High School Chris played in many different bands, ranging from all different styles of Rock, Funk, Ska, and Reggae. After High School, Chris decided that in order to become a true professional musician, Jazz would become his lifelong study.
Chris decided it was time to leave Greensboro, and he moved to Wilmington in 2000. He first started to hook up into the music scene thanks to the Rusty Nail Jazz Jam which was then lead under Classical Guitarist Marc Siegal. Chris then enrolled in Cape Fear Community College, and started taking classes including the CFCC Jazz Combo under Mr. Siegal. Chris also met pianist Svein Lilleby at the Jazz Jam and had formed a lifelong friend and teacher who would influence his musicianship for years. After a few years of jamming around town and performing Chris began getting his name out in the public eye. He was asked to lead the Sunday night traditional Jazz Jam at the Rusty Nail, but this would only be for a brief period as he was at this point interested in obtaining a Degree in Music.
Chris had carved out a nice niche for himself in the Jazz Community here in Wilmington, and had heard about a truly great guitarist and teacher named Bob Russell on staff at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington and decided in 2004 this would be his next stop. Chris continued to lead the Jazz Jam until around 2005 he decided to take a personal hiatus to finish up his degree. Throughout college, Chris had the opportunity to perform in Jazz combos, learn theory, composition, arranging and study with Professor Bob Russell. Chris also had the great privilege to study with Professor Jerald Shynett learning keyboard, Jazz Harmony, Improve and arranging. Chris Graduated in 2007 with a general music degree with a focus on Jazz Guitar.
After college Chris returned to the Jam around 2008, under now Jam Leader Saxophonist Benny Hill, Bassist Ryan Woodall, and Drummer Thomas Garner. Under this group Chris has had the opportunity to really gain momentum in performance and a true understanding of Jazz. Chris performs regularly with these players all over town.
Over the past 20 years Chris has performed with various Jazz, Funk, and Rock bands and assembled Jazz trios to full ensembles for weddings, formal events, receptions and restaurants. In 2008 he performed with Band Director Jeff Simmons in the Cape Fear Jazz Big Band. You can always hear Chris perform every Sunday at the Rusty Nail Jazz Jam in downtown Wilmington N.C.
In 2011 Chris joined up with Violinist Alex Chamyan to form, The Latin Project. This set has been focusing on Bossa Nova and Latin Music primarily from the 1960's in which he has always had a great appreciation for.
Chris is currently writing arrangements, original compositions and recordings for his debut album.