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About Chris Klaxton

Growing up in a supportive family, Chris Klaxton was encouraged to study music from a young age and inevitably found himself embarking on a life and career in music. While at the University of New Hampshire under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Stibler, Klaxton soon realized his commitment to the horn and at this time was fortunate to form a relationship with jazz legend, Clark Terry. Being able to learn the music and history from Clark as well as travel with Clark as an assistant and travel manager was a profoundly deep and eye opening experience for Klaxton.

A several year stint in Miami afforded Klaxton the opportunity to study with trumpet luminaries Brian Lynch and Jason Carder, perform alongside and learn from trumpeter Dave Douglas, as well as study composition and trumpet with renowned trumpeter and film composer, Terence Blanchard. Rehearsing and performing in a small ensemble directed by Blanchard became a pivotal experience in Klaxton's development as a player.

As a freelance trumpet player, pianist, and educator, Chris Klaxton has found himself part of a world class musical community spanning from jazz to bluegrass / country, hip hop, reggae, indie rock, and classical music. As pianist and trumpeter for New England hip hop group, The Press Project, Klaxton has opened for Soulive, Boyz II Men, George Clinton, and was invited to perform at the 2008 Bonnaroo Music Festival.
Klaxton is a current member of critically acclaimed NH based Tan Vampires, contributing trumpet, guitar, and percussion and also appears regularly as trumpeter and keyboardist with Moe Pope, Boston EMCEE and recently voted "Hip Hop Artist of the Year" (2012 Boston Music Awards).
As a composer, Chris Klaxton's work is featured in his self-led ensembles as well as In Ears and Eyes, an experimental performing / visual art project with artist Roger Goldenberg.

Chris Klaxton has recorded with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra (for Pharrell Williams), Randy Bernsen (featured alongside John Medeski), Moe Pope and Rain, Tan Vampires, Jazzputin and the Jug Skunks, Mary Dellea, Elsa Cross, The Politix, Chris Klaxton Group, and The Arcitype.

As an educator, Klaxton has spent his time teaching trumpet, piano, and improvisation in a one-on-one format as well as coaching ensembles, leading workshops, and guiding students through the composition process.

Chris Klaxton joined the JazzTimes community on Apr 16, 2013