CHRIS JENNINGS – double bassist


Based in Paris France since 2002, Canadian bassist CHRIS JENNINGS has established himself as double bassist with the Dhafer Youssef Quartet with Tigran Hamasyan and Mark Guiliana, with guitarist Nguyên Lê in his new “Fire & Water Trio” and in quartets including Rita Marcotulli, Danny Gottlieb, Roberto Gato, Rick Margitza, Karim Ziad, Bojan Z, as well as with renowned Turkish nay master Kudsi Erguner, the Joachim Kühn Trio, the Titi Robin Trio “Nargis,” the Thomas Enhco piano trio, the Céline Bonacina quartet and the renowned ‘El Gusto’ Algerian traditional chaabi orchestra to name a few.


After 7 extremely varied albums released under his own name, his latest release with the CHRIS JENNINGS “DRUM’N KOTO,” (disc of the month Jazz Magazine, disc of the week FIP Radio France) features Nguyên Lê and Kudsi Ergüner as special guests. Past releases include his self-titled CHRIS JENNINGS QUARTET CD featuring French musicians Manu Codjia (el. gtr), Pierre Perchaud (ac. gtr), Patrick Goraguer (drums), and leading a trio with renowned American drummer Leon Parker for three years. Mr. Jennings has always continued his longstanding “JENNINGS/PERCHAUD” duo with acoustic guitar, a “SOLO DOUBLE BASS” project evolve for over a decade now, as well as the “CHRIS JENNINGS STRING QUINTET” featuring musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra.


An international performer, composer, leader, arranger and teacher, playing a wide variety of musical genres and styles on both upright and electric basses Mr. Jennings projects as a sideman with the Jacek Kochan/Dave Liebman Quartet, the Lee Konitz/Giovanni Ceccarelli Quartet, with Rick Margitza, Paul McCandless, Seamus Blake, Benjamin Koppel, Marilyn Mazur, Kenny Werner, Gary Husband, Ari Hoenig, Enrico Rava, Eivind Aarset, Ziv Ravitz, Marko Crncec, Yaron Herman, Mark Shim, John Hadfield, Ludwig Afonso, Rudy Royston, Omri Mor, Terumasa Hino, Kiyohiko Semba, Hüsnu Senlendirici, Ingrid Jensen, Valgeir Sigurosson (Bjork), Mike Murley, Dave Restivo, Phl Dwyer, Andy Milne, Marçin Wasilewski, Satoshi Takeishi, Nelson Veras, Airelle Besson to name a few.


Since 1996, Mr. Jennings completed numerous self-study/project residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts Canada, a Bachelors (B.A.) in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto, Canada (2000), and a Masters (M.A.) in Music from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, Holland (2004). Teaching at the Didier Lockwood Music School since 2005 and having taught at the Conservatory of Chelles France for 7 years, he is always actively giving master classes in conservatories and with the generous help of d’Addario Strings and David Gage, alongside pursuing his energy in multicultural and original projects.

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