Chris James’ music career spans from 1972 to the present. He has worked with Stan Getz, Richie Cole, Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Ray Brown, Joyce Cooling. Chris is from San Francisco and currently living in Seattle. Performed at national jazz festivals, jazz cruises, colleges, clubs, and concerts.
Just One More Kiss is his first jazz album since 1986. The CD is a compilation of 7 years of live and studio recordings in Little Rock Arkansas. Featuring Chris James, piano; Joe Vick, bass, and Dave Rogers, drums.
Chris James grew up in the jazz scene of San Francisco in the 1960's and 70's. Chris' father was a locally renouned trumpet player who used to play with all the touring acts performing in the bay area, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Tony Benett, as well as playing with local friends Paul Desmond and Cal Tjader. Chris would often sit in the light booth of the Fairmont Hotel Ventian room and watch the big bands with these great artists, then meet them after the show.
Chris' piano playing was also influenced by the era in which he grew up, having shared rehearsal space with Carlos Santana in Sausaltio, and loving the classic rock music of the 60's and 70's. His early gigs included performing a variety of dance music for clubs, weddings, and parties that reflected his wide variety of influences. Chris has also consistently performed in churches and eventually began releasing albums in the Christian Worship Music genre.
In 1980 Chris' father suddenly passed away, which triggered a reaction for Chris to focus his musical career in his dad's footsteps: making every effort to become a more accomplished jazz musician. Over the course of the next decade he was able to accomplish this, and won recognition by performming with Stan Getz, Mark Murphy, Richie Cole, and performing at several jazz festivals, including Monterey and Russian River. The Chris James Quartet began touring colleges throughout the United States, and released their first album "Dessert" which received national airplay and numerous positive reviews.
Chris has been privilaged to become friends with, and open for, many of his pianist jazz influences: Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Ramsey Lewis, as well as working with Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, Carmen McRae, and Stan Getz.
The music business can be quite fickle, and in all truth Chris' fame exceeded his talent in those early years. So Chris officially left the music business in 1993, but continued to woodshed and hone his skill. This is the period where Chris began performing more with Christian artists such as Paul Baloche, Phil Driscol, Terry Clark, and Ron Kenoly. But he never stopped working on jazz.
Chris is currently performing in the Seattle market with a new Quartet featuring Osama Afifi; bass, Wayne Ledbetter on sax, and Wade Reeves on drums.