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About Chris Cortez


Guitarist/vocalist Chris Cortez has been living in the Houston area since hurricane Katrina forced his family to move from Louisiana in 2005.

In 2007 he released his 5th CD as a bandleader on his own label Blue Bamboo Music. The CD, entitled Awakenings, was critically acclaimed and was among the top 50 Grammy entries for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, and Best Instrumental Jazz solo.

Also a record producer and engineer, In 2008 Chris expanded Blue Bamboo Music to produce several Houston area artists, and continues that expansion. Currently in release are titles from saxophonist Woody Witt, guitarist Mike Wheeler, and pianist Joe Locascio. In each case, Chris served as executive producer and engineer.

All three titles were very well received by the national jazz press, and once again, Cortez found himself on the Grammy ballot, this time as an engineer and producer.

Chris Cortez Discography:

As a leader:

Under the Wire, Rhythm Method (Blue Bamboo Music)
The Circle Begins Again, Christopher Cortez (Blue Bamboo Music)
Territorial Imperative, Christopher Cortez (Blue Bamboo Music/Vital Records)
Talamasca, Christopher Cortez (Blue Bamboo Music)
Groovopolis, Groovopolis (Blue Bamboo Music)
Spirit of Broadway, Cast recording (Spirit of the Dance)
Hold It Right There, Chris Cortez (Blue Bamboo Music)
Mum Is The Word Chris Cortez (Blue Bamboo Music)
Awakenings Chris Cortez (Blue Bamboo Music)

As a sideman:

It's My Time, Evelyn McGhee Stone (Atlantic)
Style, Al Martino (Varese/Sarabande)
Cocolamus Bridge, Harvie S (Blue Bamboo Music)
Bamboo Philharmonic, Mark Piszczek (Blue Bamboo Music)

As an engineer:

A Conversation, Woody Witt (Blue Bamboo Music)
Mikey's Waltz, Mike Wheeler (Blue Bamboo Music)
Ghosts, Joe LoCascio (Blue Bamboo Music
Opening, Carol Morgan Trio (Blue Bamboo Music)

Chris Cortez joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 08, 2010