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Chris Ferrari Collective: Celebrating 10 Years of Music

Apr 4, 2019

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For years, young saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Ferrari has been a standout musician inthe Denver jazz scene and beyond. Now on the path to pursuing jazz performance at the collegiate level, Chris is thrilled to be at Dazzle for his senior recital, celebrating ten years of playing music. Chris’ inaugural Dazzle performance as a leader will feature original music and jazz standards. His compositions consist of post bop jazz influence in a modern interpretation, while also staying true to the roots of his heroes, such as Coltrane, Sonny, and Dexter. Chris is excited to be performing alongside many of his musical mentors, all regarded as some of the finest jazz musicians in the country.
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Artist Bio: Chris Ferrari is a native Coloradan and has been studying music from a young age. The likes of John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, and Sonny Rollins inspired Chris to start learning jazz and pursue playing woodwinds. Chris began his studies on the clarinet in both classical and jazz, which led him to saxophone and flute. A senior at Denver School of the Arts, Chris has studied with the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, at prestigious collegiate music programs, and with renowned professional musicians. Through dedication and hard work, Chris has now received statewide and national musical acclaim – with All State Jazz Band, Essentially Ellington, the Telluride Jazz All Stars, National youngArts awards, Vail Jazz Workshop, and NYO Jazz being just a few of his accomplishments. Chris has performed alongside and worked with countless notable musicians, including Sean Jones, Dianne Reeves, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Ken Peplowski, the Clayton Brothers, Brad Goode, Paul McKee, Convergence, Shane Endsley, Dave Liebman, and many others. He regularly performs throughout the Denver-Metro area with groups of his own and as a sideman. Chris plans to continue his music education by attending a music conservatory at the collegiate level after he graduates from Denver School of the Arts in 2019.

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