Chris Cheek

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Chris Cheek
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Chris Cheek, Moers Festival 2009
Background information
Born (1968-09-16) September 16, 1968 (age 46)
Origin St. Louis, Missouri
Genres Jazz, blues
Occupations Musician, Bandleader
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1992 - Current
Labels Fresh Sound, Blue Music Group
Associated acts Paul Motian, Brian Blade
Website Chris Cheek.net/

Chris Cheek (born 16 September 1968) is an American jazz saxophonist. He has worked as a sideman on more than sixty albums in his career, and has been bandleader of four critically acclaimed solo albums.

Biography[edit]

Cheek was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. His early love of music was encouraged; his father was the director of a Junior high school band, and Cheek began learning to play the alto saxophone at age twelve. Upon graduation from high school, Cheek attended Webster University. Upon receiving a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, he studied there under Joe Viola, Hal Crook, and Herb Pomeroy, and earned his bachelor's degree.[1] He moved to New York in 1992, where he has played with Paul Motian, Guillermo Klein, Seamus Blake, Stephan Crump, Mika Pohjola, David Berkman, and Jen Chapin.

His debut release as a leader, I Wish I Knew appeared in 1997 and featured Kurt Rosenwinkel,[2] and by 2010, three more solo albums with Cheek as bandleader on the Fresh Sound label followed; A Girl Named Joe (1997), Vine (1999), and Blues Cruise, in 2005. Cheek has appeared on more than sixty albums as a session musician.[3]

Unlike many of his contemporaries he regularly makes extensive use of electronic effects on his saxophone, for example in the CDs by the Bloomdaddies or Rosser.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Paul Motian and the Electric Bebop Band

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adler, David. "Chris Cheek: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "I Wish I Knew: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Cheek, Chris (2010). "Chris Cheek/Discography". Official Website Discography section. Fresh Sound Records. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 

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