CHRIS ROGERS has performed throughout Europe, Japan, South America and the United States as a featured soloist with many top artists in Jazz and Latin music. At age 19 he began a five-year association with Jazz giant Gerry Mulligan, replacing Tom Harrell as the primary trumpet soloist with the Concert Jazz Band. He's also gigged and/or recorded with luminaries such as Buddy Rich, Maria Schneider, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Sinatra, Chaka Khan, Eddie Palmieri, The Mingus Big Band, Ray Barretto, Mel Torme, Mel Lewis and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Hilton Ruiz, Lionel Hampton, Mercer Ellington, Richie Beirach, Bob Moses, Tom Harrell, Arturo O'Farrill, Eartha Kitt, Lee Konitz, and Mongo Santamaria (as both trumpeter and pianist.)
Chris was born in New York City in the early sixties to a family of musicians. His father – the late trombonist Barry Rogers - was a founding member of the groundbreaking Jazz-Rock band “Dreams” (with the Brecker Brothers & Billy Cobham). Barry Rogers' legendary status in the Latin field is well documented and he's widely acknowledged as being the most influential trombonist in Salsa and Latin Jazz - through his seminal collaborations with Eddie Palmieri spanning three decades. Additionally, the elder Rogers was a first-call studio musician who recorded with artists ranging from James Taylor, Elton John, Aerosmith & Todd Rundgren to Spyro Gyra, Idris Muhammad, Chaka Khan & Don Grolnick. This rich and varied musical environment had a profound effect on Chris while growing up, cultivating a love of Jazz, R&B, Pop and Latin music.