Chris served his musical apprenticeship on the club scene and rock world of the early 70s and was converted to jazz by the influences of his father, trombonist Alan, and uncle, pianist Keith, both huge contributors to jazz in the 60s, 70s and 80s Meeting drummer JC Heard at the 1978 Nice Jazz Festival proved to inspire his drumming career and led to a lasting friendship. He has played throughout Europe with noted musicians, Art Themen, Don Weller, Pete King, Don Rendell and Dick Morrisey. He also plays in the Marcia Pendlebury Band and is featured on a CD with singer, Marcia and Art Themen. Chris was invited to play on a rather exciting European tour with the late and truly remarkable Cambell Burnapp who had no peers and was a very special friend. In his personal life, he has many interests predominately his dog Will who is brilliant and good company! (and is now a dad). Chris has been a Man City fan all his life and the first game he went to was Bert Trautmans testimonial in 1962.
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In 1982 Mart Rodger and his wife Janet were in New Orleans, the birth place of jazz. At Maison Bourbon on Bourbon Street he was invited to “sit in” with the resident band and the audience response to his playing was exciting and exhilarating... Read more