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Chris Jentsch

Chris Jentsch (guitar) is a recording and performing artist working primarily in jazz and contemporary improvisational forms. Based in Brooklyn since 1999, his main ensemble is Jentsch Group in its trio, quartet, nonet, or large configurations.

Jentsch is also a composer of jazz and concert music having been awarded grants/commissions from NY State Council on the Arts (3), Meet the Composer, the Composers Assistance Program of the American Music Center (2), American Composers Forum (2), Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, Penfield Commission Project, and Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works Program.

Jentsch’s first CD Media Event was released in 1998 and features his working trio from that era. His second CD Miami Suite (1999) presents original works for large jazz ensemble. His third CD featuring the ACF-commissioned Brooklyn Suite for Jentsch Group Large was released in 2007 on Fleur De Son Records, as was a follow up, Cycles Suite, in 2009. Fractured Pop, a CD/DVD documenting Jentsch Group Quartet was released in 2017.

(on Brooklyn Suite) “…soaring guitar and kaleidoscopic soundscape…” - Howard Mandel

“Jentsch displays contemporary guitar mastery throughout (his CD Media Event). When you think of the traditions of the guitar in late 20th century, ‘emotion’ is the word that is often conjured. For Jentsch, add intellect, substance, and style to that guitar-emotion definition �" a delicacy and charm that spans the history of the music.” - AllAboutJazz.com

“…a very promising guitarist. On Exploring the Planet Jentsch fires up his electric for a snaky, delay decorated solo. All kinds of cool noises come out of Jentsch’s guitar.” - CADENCE Magazine

“Skilled NYC electric guitarist recalls Bill Frisell's more aggressive side, both in his use of effects (distortion, delay, volume pedal) and in his jarringly inserted open-string notes. His work in acoustic settings ranges from straight-ahead and boppish to intense and driving, without ever getting totally ‘out.’” - Listen.com


Featured in Scott Yanow’s book, The Great Guitarists (2013 Hal Leonard).


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"The interesting thing is that he's using avant-garde techniques, but in a traditional framework…”
– Will Friedwald (New York Sun)

“In its scope and detail and eternally recurring inner logic, Cycles Suite may be the Finnegans Wake of big-band jazz. …a moving and elegiac journey through complex emotional terrain.” - Richard Gehr (from the liner notes)

"Chris Jentsch's seven-part homage to his home borough (Brooklyn Suite) is at once grandly orchestral and strikingly personal. The entire band seems to radiate from Jentsch's pensive guitar pulse, blending jazz, classical and rock ideas into a multidimensional reflection of everyday life." - Forrest Dylan Bryant, Jazz Times

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Primary Instrument

Guitar, electric

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Teaching since 1990. Jentsch attended the Berklee College of Music and holds liberal arts and jazz guitar degrees from Gettysburg College, the New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Composition from the University of Miami in 1999 and is published by the University of Northern Colorado Press, Advance Music, and Fleur de Son Records. Available to teach in New York City, particularly in Brooklyn. ChrisJentsch.com for more information.

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Fractured Pop

Fleur De Son


Cycles Suite

Fleur De Son


Brooklyn Suite

Fleur De Son


Media Event

Blue Schist



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