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Justin Chart

Blasting Bursting Billowing Forth with the Power of Ten Billion Butterfly Sneezes

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Captivating. Intriguing. Evocative. Just a few of the words that describe the experience of listening to Universal Music Group artist Justin Chart. Chart is one of the world's groundbreaking Alto Saxophone players with a warm and memorable melancholy sound that has the ability to transport you with a lucid, controlled and clean energy. He gracefully and without inhibition bares his soul in his music, inviting us to join him in experiencing a depth of emotions. Sometimes the journey is slow and sultry, other times it's jaunty and irrepressible. An artist of intense vision who has developed his own sound and unique musical identity, Chart’s Saxophone playing is superb, passionate, and exquisitely in-the-moment.

Never a musician to chase trends, Chart’s hard bop vibe shows the brilliance of invention with pure soul, devoid of all pretentiousness, that is ultimately infectious, with staggering technique, and a mind for innovation. Known in West Coast Jazz circles as “The Blizzard” because of his explosive playing and intricate compositional changes, Chart is a fiery player with an endless supply of chops who is not afraid to push himself and his art forward.

Justin Chart is a highly praised soloist in Los Angeles, rooted in Jazz and Rock, with performances and recordings throughout the world and a musical career that has spanned over four decades. He has amassed nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram and over 12 MILLION views on YouTube.

My Jazz Story

especially love the interplay that can occur with musicians who are truly listening to each other at a deep level, listening and then responding and creating a soul connection together whether that's with burning bebop lines or, in playing a soulful ballad. Jazz combines creativity from the mind, heart, and the gut. It flourishes through structure and even more so through Non structure and uses melody and rhythm to bridge the musician's creativity and the listener's imagination. It is unpredictable and it is never the same way every single time. I don’t even think it is possible to play any selection the same way two consecutive times. I really like the fact that it is that way. It definitely keeps my interest, because of it. I thrive on the spontaneity with discipline it demands. I am thankful I have the ability to communicate so many stories through rhythm, textures and emotions. There is a freedom and a sense of exhilaration in Jazz that is not found in any other music. Jazz is about finding freedom and a personal voice within a structure, and that is what appeals to me most. I had a late start in jazz, it has invited me in with open arms. I am a musician. I feel it is the highest order of expression, because it's honest. The older I get and more deeper submerged into Jazz and all it's sub genres I become, the more I fall into it's all encompassing arms and it's rhythms become my daily rhythms and help form and inform my routines. It is creative expression, freedom, community and humor. My house is a Jazz house. Jazz is the sound of freedom!

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