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Chris Weller

Chris Weller, born 1988, is an emerging saxophone talent, instructor, and composer in Chicago, IL. He grew in Oak Park, near the rich culture and vibrant musical scene in Chicago. By 15, Chris was playing professionally, and frequenting jazz clubs in the city like Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge. He went on to attend Berklee College of Music as a World Scholarship Tour Recipient from 2007-2010 where he received his bachelors degree in Music Performance. While in college Chris was fortunate to learn from George Garzone, drum master Bob Moses, Ed Tomassi, Jim Odgren, Greg Hopkins, Benny Golson, Mark Turner, and many other great musicians/teachers.  He also performed extensively during that time in Jazz, Latin, and Hip Hop idioms all across the nation

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Hanging Hearts: Into a Myth

Read "Into a Myth" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

From Minneapolis, the city that gave us The Bad Plus, here is another trio with a distinctive take on mixing jazz and rock. However Hanging Hearts serve up a sound that takes some of the jazz-rock ideas of the Seventies and amps them up into a louder, punkier present. The opening clash of harsh ...

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Hanging Hearts: Into A Myth

Read "Into A Myth" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Hanging Hearts pack quite a punch for a trio, a bass-less trio at that. Saxophonist Chris Weller takes the lead on “Return Of Saturn" with guttural tenor, after which an anthemic ensemble melody is established. There's a real sense of jazz rock here, but undoubtedly erring on the side of jazz. Cole DeGenova establishes a keyboard ...

Hanging Hearts

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2014

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Chris Weller's Hanging Hearts

Read "Chris Weller's Hanging Hearts" reviewed by Phil Barnes

For a saxophonist the holy grail is the overall sound or tone, that feeling of concise wordless communication that can compress a lifetime into a solo or even a measure. Of course technique is important but it plays a supporting role and can only improve incrementally on what is there naturally. When asked about players that ...

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Chris Weller's Hanging Hearts: Chris Weller's Hanging Hearts

Read "Chris Weller's Hanging Hearts" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Composer and saxophonist Chris Weller was born and raised in Oak Park, IL. Weller sites his passion for music happened in eighth grade after hearing Charlie Parker. Weller attend Berklee College of Music on a scholarship from 2007-2010, where he received his bachelor's degree in Music Performance. While at Berklee, Weller studied with: George Garzone, Dave ...


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