is an in demand professional musician in Dallas and is an alumni of the University of North Texas, with a B.M. in Jazz Studies and a M.M. in Theory. Chris is the Dallas Symphony's "Pops" guitarist, backing up a multitude of performers, including Willie Nelson, the Pointer Sisters, Patti Austin, and Michael Feinstein, among others. She performs frequently with the DSO, as well as playing with numerous commercial groups and studio venues, and jazz groups such as the Collection Jazz Orchestra, Them Bones, and Strata. Chris also fronts the Chris DeRose Quartet, which just released a new CD "Live at the Sammons" .
Books: Jazz Styles and Techniques: A Primer for the
CDs: The Chris DeRose Quartet - Live at the Sammons
Look for interview and lesson by Chris in the May 2012 and upcoming February 2013 issues of
Just Jazz Guitar Magazine
Also, Jazz Guitar Lessons now available via Skype
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Jazz Styles and Techniques: A Primer for the Ensemble Guitarist
Brand new book to get every guitarist groovin' in the jazz ensemble!
Written by jazz guitar pro Chris DeRose, Jazz Styles And Techniques: A Primerfor theEnsemble Guitarist presents all of the information the beginning/intermediate jazz guitarist needs to function in the jazz band. Packed full of exercises and pro tips for better performance in the ensemble, this book is a must-have for every middle school/ high school and college jazz band director as well as their guitar players.
Presented in an easy to use format, chapters include jazz scales, chord voicings and comping styles, how to read a chart, sight reading tips, how to get the right sound, improvisation over jazz changes, listening lists, and even ensemble etiquette! Includes CD with plenty of play-along exercises.
For jazz band directors who have been at a loss as to what to tell their guitarists to do, and for the guitarist who is or will be playing in jazz ensembles of any kind--this book is designed especially for you!
COST: $19.95plus $4shipping per book/CD set. Orders are shipped immediately and should arrive within 5-7 business days.
"At last-a workbook that's as usable for jazz band directors as it is for emerging guitarists. As a conductor of lab bands, I always felt comfortable speaking with horn players, drummers, bassists and even pianists, about what they needed to do to make the music happen. I never felt I had enough "concrete information" to aid my guitarists. From comping patterns to what strings to use for different styles, this book is a wonderful resource for all of us." Jay Saunders, lead trumpet pro, jazz faculty/ University of North Texas
"This book is a must for guitarists of all ages who have aspirations of playing in an ensemble..." Jack Petersen, jazz guitarist and educator/ Berklee School of Music, University of North Texas, University of South Florida
"Finally, an instruction book for the jazz band director and the jazz band guitarist that gives great direction for both budding and competant student guitarists. The information is clear, concise, and most importantly, the rightstuff! This text should be required reading for any jazz music educator." Dan Prado, director/Grapevine High School Bands, Grapevine, TX
"This book is written for the high school and/or college player who is playing in an ensemble for the first time, but has a great deal to offer the more experienced player too. There is a good balance between information and exercises but the real value of the book, in my opinion, lies in the "pearls of wisdom" liberally sprinkled throughout." Forrest Murphy, co-founder of the Dallas/ Fort Worth Jazz Guitar and Bass Club.
Pete Petersen and the Collection Jazz Orchestra: Night and Day Lou Fischer Rehearsal Band: The Legend, Royal Street, Never Ending Blues Dallas Symphony: Happy Birthday, George Gershwin, Dayful of Song, George Gershwin: Complete Music for Piano and Orchestra
Karen Foster: Let's Fall in Love Tony Hakim: Postcards from the Edge