Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Fagan, Chris, alto saxophonist; b. Seattle, Washington, 11 July 1962. After a number of moves throughout the United States and Europe, his family settled in Bloomington Indiana where he grew up and began the saxophone. He attended Pomona College in Claremont California in the early 80s, and while there studied with John Carter, and came under the wings of Bobby Bradford and Charlie Shoemake. He made his professional debut with Dick Berk at The Becket Jazz Festival in 1984. In 1986, he traveled to N.Y. on an N.E.A. grant to study with David Murray. He pursued jazz in New York until 1991, working with small groups as well as big bands at Visiones and Zanzibar with Jack McDuff, Dave Douglas, and Bill Warfield. He also made regular appearances at Greenwich Village's Blue Willow with his own quartet. In 1991, he moved to Amsterdam to become guest saxophone instructor at the Sweelinck Conservatory. He returned to N.Y. in 1992, then to Seattle in 1995.
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