CHRIS SAUNDERS, nicknamed “Big Skin” early in life, is a prolific singer-songwriter, cornet and flugelhorn player. He has fronted and performed with many bands over the span of 40 years cultivating a style that has been described as one foot in the Blues and the other in Jazz, Rock, Cabaret, and experimental music. He is a pinch of Howlin’ Wolf and a dash of Tom Waits. He cites the music of Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams and Jimmy Witherspoon as fundamental to his development as a vocalist and artist. His immense reservoir of soul and soaring melodic mastery are further deepened with his wry sense of humor. His gift of stage comedy and his mercurial improvisation abilities are true crowd pleasers.
As a key player in the SF Bay Area scene, he has shared the stage and recording studio with many A-listers as well as notable sidemen and studio musicians over his long career. He has 4 recordings available in CD or download format . His most current release is titled “Outside My Window” on the Bmoki Music label featuring: Michael Aragon- drums, Ken Cook-piano, Rob Fordyce-electric bass and Luis Carbo-Percussion. Outside My Window is a departure from most of Chris’s earlier original recordings with songs by artists such as Tom Waits, Van Morrison, Percy Mayfield, Eddie Harris/Gene McDaniels and Herbie Hancock.