Chris Tarry

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Chris Tarry
Born (1970-08-24) 24 August 1970 (age 47)
Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation(s) Guitarist, fiction writer
Instruments Bass guitar
Associated acts Metalwood

Chris Tarry (born 24 August 1970 at Swift Current, Saskatchewan) is a New York City-based, Canadian electric bass player, podcast producer, and writer. He is noted for his work with three-time Juno Award winning jazz group Metalwood featuring Mike Murley, Ian Froman and Brad Turner.[1] Tarry has also performed on other projects as a sideman and gained recognition throughout North America.

Since relocating from Canada to New York in 2003, he has worked with such players and groups as John Scofield, My Brightest Diamond, Wayne Krantz, George Benson, Paul Shaffer, the Oz Noy Trio, and the Mahavishnu Project.

Since 1993 Chris has also led his own jazz group called The Chris Tarry Group[1] and has released eight solo albums under that name. His recording, 2007's Almost Certainly Dreaming featured New York musicians Pete McCann, Dan Weiss, Henry Hey, Canadian saxophonist Kelly Jefferson, and was released on the American record label Nineteen Eight Records. "Almost Certainly Dreaming" won the Canadian Juno Award in 2008 for best contemporary jazz album of the year".

Chris Tarry's latest album, "Rest of the Story" was released on Nineteen Eight Records on 3 March 2011. The band line up remained unchanged. The album is a jazz CD and book combination featuring nine music tracks and four short stories written by Tarry. The artwork and packaging for the album was designed by Jeff Harrison at Rethink Communications with illustrations by Kim Ridgewell. "Rest of the Story" was nominated for two Canadian Juno Awards for 'Best contemporary jazz album of the year" and "Best album packaging of the year." The album took home the award for best album packaging of the year.

Tarry is also a fiction writer and podcast producer, and his work has appeared in various literary journals and magazines such as, MAD Magazine, The Literary Review, GW Review, PANK, Freefall Magazine, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. In 2012, his story “Here Be Dragons” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first book, “How To Carry Bigfoot Home,” (a collection of short fiction) was published by Red Hen Press in March 2015.

In 2017 Tarry won a Peabody Award for his work as the co-creator of the serialized fiction Podcast, The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel.


As leader[edit]

  • "Rest of the Story (2011)
  • "Almost Certainly Dreaming (2008)
  • "Sorry to be Strange (2006)
  • "Project 33 (2002)
  • "Of Battles Unknown Mysteries (2001)
  • "Sevyn (1996)
  • "Unition (1995)
  • "Groups Project (1994)
  • "Landscapes (1993)

As sideman[edit]

  • 2009 Adam Klipple "Blackjack"
  • 2009 Daniel Kelly "Emerge"
  • 2006 Elisabeth Lohninger "The Only Way Out Is Up"
  • 2005 Kingsborough Hymns Vol.1 "City Harmony and Musical Companion"
  • 2005 Leah Siegel "Little Mule"
  • 2004 Quixotic "Sneakin In"
  • 2003 Metalwood "Chronic"
  • 2003 Barry Romberg "Random Access"
  • 2003 Three Sisters "Village"
  • 2002 Peggy Lee Band "Songs From the Big House"
  • 2002 Rose Ranger "Replies"
  • 2001 Junction "Self Portrait"
  • 2001 Metalwood "The Recline"
  • 2000 Metalwood "3"
  • 2000 Various "Jazz To The Max"
  • 2000 Francois Houle "Au Coeur Du Litige"
  • 2000 Various "Justin Time Vancouver Collection"
  • 2000 Alma Libra "Precious"
  • 2000 Karin Plato "Snowflake Season"
  • 2000 John Riley "Teas Cozy Hat"
  • 2000 Vancouver Latin All Stars "Holiday Salsa"
  • 2000 Zubot & Dawson "Tractor Parts"
  • 1999 The Cellar Club "Scored for Life"
  • 1999 Peggy Lee Band "Peggy Lee Band"
  • 1999 Metalwood "Live"
  • 1999 Jahnke/Foster/Tarry "I got Jazz for Christmas"
  • 1998 Darren Radke "Dexter"
  • 1998 Dylan Van der Schyff/Chris Tarry "Sponge"

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2017: Peabody Award The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
  • 2017: Juno Award winner, Jazz Album of the Year Group, Metalwood, “Twenty”
  • 2011: Juno Award winner, Recording Package of the Year, Rest of the Story
  • 2008: Juno Award winner, Contemporary Jazz Album, Almost Certainly Dreaming
  • 2003: Juno Award Nomination Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Metalwood Chronic
  • 2002: Western Canadian Music Award Winner Best Jazz Album, The Chris Tarry Group Of Battles Unknown Mysteries
  • 2002: Canadian Independent Music Award Winner Jazz Album of the Year, The Chris Tarry Group Of Battles Unknown Mysteries
  • 2002: Juno Award Nomination Best Contemporary Jazz Album, The Chris Tarry Group Of Battles Unknown Mysteries
  • 2002: Juno Award Nomination Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Metalwood The Recline
  • 1999: Juno Award Winner Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Metalwood 2
  • 1998: Juno Award Winner Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Metalwood


  1. ^ a b True, Chris. "Chris Tarry: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 

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