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Chris Pitts

Steeped in Post Bop and Blues, Detroit Saxophonist, Chris Pitts made Manhattan, San Francisco and Paris, his homes before moving to Boston. His bands have always featured energetic rhythm sections and adventurous music. He performs regularly in the Boston area and released a recording titled "42". Active as a music producer, he produces the annual Newton Piano Summit and music for several local fairs. He also serves as Festival of the Arts Chair in Newton. He has performed at major jazz festivals and clubs in North America and Europe and played with jazz notables; Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Thad Jones, Phil Woods, Jon Fadis, Regina Carter, James Carter, Betty Carter, Geri Allen, Robert Hurst, Kenny Garrett, Roy Brooks, Johnny O’Neil, Ralph Armstrong, Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, Danny Spencer, Rick Margitza, Kim Nalley, Eula Lawrence, John Handy, Eddie Marshall, Madeline Eastman, Kitty Margolis, Bruce Forman, Mike Clark, Tim Hagans, Grover Washington Jr., Ronnie Cuber, Steve Slagel, Winard Harper, Marvin Stamm, Herb Geller, Wes Wirth, John Lockwood, Sean Skeete, Yuron Israel, Charles Boles, Sam Sanders, Jaribu Shahid, Ralph Peterson, and Warren Gale


The Contemporary Jazz Orchestra: Trench Heroes / Monday in the City

Read "Trench Heroes / Monday in the City" reviewed by Jack Bowers

These two albums, recorded three years apart, provide at least a cursory glance at the continuing development of San Francisco’s aptly named Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. Trench Heroes was taped in ’98 during a “road gig” at Yoshi’s nightclub across the Bay bridge in Oakland, CA, Monday in the City last December on the orchestra’s “home field,” ...