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Chris Bates with Peter Schimke & Cory Healey
January 14, 2015 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Beginning on the upright bass in 4th grade Chris Bates has been on a lifelong journey of musical discovery. Chris spent over 15 years studying the instrument with noted classical pedagogue James Clute of the Minnesota Orchestra and renowned jazz bassist Anthony Cox. Self taught on the electric bass Chris has always pushed himself to explore new musical styles from around the world and has blossomed into a very creative and supportive bassist. Raised on a healthy dose of big band jazz and progressive rock Chris’ chameleonic playing has evolved to encompass reggae, funk, country, folk, jazz and classical music. Whether playing a complex multi meter jazz work or grooving on the root 5 of a traditional country song Chris’s sound and feel provides the proper support for any situation.
As a first call bassist in the Midwest, Chris Bates has played with many wonderful musicians including Mose Allison, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Steven Bernstein, Tony Hymas, Howard Levy, Michael Attias, Anton Fier, Bill Carrothers, Joel Harrison, Eric Alexander, Tim Sparks and Dean Magraw. During the 90’s Chris played with the Motion Poets, touring nationally and releasing three albums to wide critical acclaim. Mr. Bates received a McKnight Composers Fellowship for his compositions in 1999. Chris has played on over 30 albums and brings and unbridled joy and enthusiasm to every musical situation he plays in. In Sept 2012 Chris released his first solo album ‘New Hope’ featuring all original compositions performed by the Chris Bates’ Red 5. In addition to Red 5 Chris is leading the Good Vibes trio and remains involved in several bands: Atlantis Quartet, Red Planet, Framework, Enormous and Todd Clouser’s ‘A Love Electric’. Look out in 2014 for the Good Vibes album and the digital release of the fabled Grease Gun sessions feat; Jt and Chris Bates with Dave King and Anthony Cox.
This month, Chris is joined by Peter Schimke on piano and Cory Healey on drums performing extended melodic outbursts of delicate colors and broken pinwheels of rhythmic delights.
Chris Bates – Bass
Peter Schimke – Piano
Cory Healey – Drums