Featured SlideMeister - March 2014
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I've known Chris for a bunch of years now and have always been impressed by the man. He and his lovely wife Pat have are just a treat to hang out with. Chris Bauer (Jazman extraordinaire) combines a very sweet sound with some of the tastiest chops this side of wherever. Chris is simply a class act with side helping of musical energy that's flat out exciting!
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Downbeat Magazine proclaimed Chris Bauer “is an excellent harmonica player…with a free sense of swing and joy.” Residing in Yardley, Pennsylvania, Chris performs popular jazz standards on the chromatic harmonica with a repertoire from upbeat bop tunes to cool Latin numbers to soulful ballads. Playing harmonica for over 40 years, his performance and recording experiences are diverse including jazz gigs, harmonica trios, church worship bands, production library tracks, even recording “Mack the Knife” with a reggae band! He performs and gives harmonica technique seminars at many festivals around the country. His most recent CD “In A Yuletide Groove” has been featured on numerous jazz radio stations around the country, and was declared as “a solidly delightful mainstream take on holiday classics that makes you smile from start to finish”, by Chris Spector of Midwest Record.
Born and raised on New York’s Long Island, Chris was surrounded by the harmonica since his father had a harmonica trio of his own. He started playing at age nine and began appearing with his father’s trio by thirteen. At sixteen, Chris placed third in a worldwide harmonica competition and in 1987, placed fourth in a field of 27 at the International Harmonica Federation competition, both times finishing as the highest placed American harmonica player. Since then, Chris has performed at many venues including B.B. Kings (guest artist for Dickey Betts), Kenny’s Castaways in New York, and also the harmonica role in the play “Big River.”
Chris is a regular contributing writer to The Harmonica Educator magazine on jazz topics, has taught harmonica at Bucks County Community College, and continues to work on recording projects that exemplify jazz harmonica. He also performs both in jazz trio or quartet settings, as a soloist utilizing custom backgrounds that provide the sound of a jazz ensemble, or can sit in with rock, blues, or jazz bands.
2013 Brian Colburn “Forever Was Worth the Wait”
2012 Chris Bauer “In A Yuletide Groove”
2009 Chris Bauer “Straight Ahead”
2008 The Harmonica Masters “A World Class Harmonica Trio”
2006 Chris Bauer “Symphonica”
2004 Chris Bauer and Friends “How High The Moon”
2003 Chris Bauer “Selections from the Sinatra Songbook”
2002 Chris Bauer “Now’s The Time”
1997 The Bauers with Dick Gardner “On the 50th Anniversary of ‘Peg O My Heart’”
1996 The Bauers “Sentimental Love”
1995 The Bauers “A Holiday Harmonica Festival”
1990 The Harmonikings “Autumn Concerto”
1989 The Harmonikings “Silver Anniversary Collection”
1987 Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats “Magic”