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Bergson, Chris

Bergson, Chris, guitarist, composer, singer; b. New York City, NY, 24 May 1976.  When he was 3 and a half, his family moved to the Boston area before settling in Somerville, Ma. where Chris lived until he was 18.  Chris began taking guitar lessons at the age of seven.  When he was in fifth grade, his parents (Mother, Judith Bergson, born 1940 and Father, Michael Rosen, born 1940) introduced him to recordings of Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charles MIngus as well as Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and Albert King. 

His parents took him to concerts by Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis which also helped to spark his lifelong love for Jazz.  In 1994, Chris won the Janet Gates Peckham Scholarship for the Arts for excellence in Music.  Chris also received a Dean's scholarship to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  Chris left Oberlin after one year and transferred to the Manhattan School of Music where he obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance in 1999.  While living in New York City, Chris attended Barry Harris' group classes and studied privately with Jim Hall, Jack Wilkins, Rodney Jones, Paul Bollenback and Peter Bernstein.  While still a student, Chris began working regularly on the New York City Jazz scene.

Bergson currently resides in New York City and has performed with such distinguished jazz artists as Al Foster, Dennis Irwin, Matt Wilson, Dena DeRose, Norah Jones, Joe Magnarelli, Ron McClure and John Webber.  Bergson has been a featured Artist-in-Residence at the Jazz Standard and has also headlined at such top NYC venues as the Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, Small's,  and Joe's Pub and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  In 2002, Chris toured West Africa as a Jazz Ambassador of the United States of America and the U.S. Department of State.

Recordings:
Blues For Some Friends of Mine (1996); Wait For Spring (2000); Blues (2003)

As sideperson:
Doug White: Esplanade  (1997); Annie Ross: Cool For Kids (2001); Neal Miner: The Real Neal (2001); Sheryl Bailey: Reunion of Souls (2001)

Bibliography:
Articles and Websites:
Featured in All About Jazz- New York, February 2003 issue ("Listen Up" by Matt Rand)
CD Reviews in Jazz Times, May 2001; Jazz Improv Magazine, Volume 3, #4; Just Jazz Guitar, May 2002; Cadence, September 2001; 20th Century Guitar, July 1998; AllAboutJazz.com, September 2001.
Reviews of Chris Bergson - BLUES
All About Jazz, March 2004
Jazz Hot, June 2004

Contact information:
www.chrisbergson.com
chris@chrisbergson.com

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