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Hollyday, Christoper

Hollyday, Christoper, alto saxophonist; b. Norwood, MA, 3 February 1970. Along with his trumpeter older brother Richard, he has been known among Boston jazz fans for years; they were both on local TV news as young teens as early as 1982.

He played in the McDonald's All-American High School Jazz Band, then directed by Bob Curnow. He was soon playing in Boston and N.Y. clubs. He won a young talent award at the 1985 IAJE convention. He began recording for RCA/Novus in 1989. He recorded with Wallace Roney, Cedar Walton, David Williams, Billy Higgins, Scott Coltney, Kenny Werner, Larry Goldings, John Clark, Mark Feldman and several others.

He was a judge at the 1994 University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival competition. In the midst of all this activity he enrolled at Berklee where played in Phil Wilson's student band and graduated in 1996 with a double major in Arranging and Music Education. He then relocated to north San Diego County to concentrate on a career in teaching. There, he has built several school jazz programs from the ground up and currently teaches in three schools (among them Valley Center), at the elementary, middle, and high-school levels. Last year, his high-school jazz ensemble won first place at the Fullerton College Jazz Festival.

At the same time he is currently completing his Masters at San Diego State University, where he plays in the jazz ensemble and toured as part of a faculty-student ensemble to Bolivia in July 2004.
His older brother Richard is a trumpeter in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Recordings:
Brothers: Oh, Brother (1986); Treaty (1986); Christopher Hollyday (1989); Reverence (1989); On Course (1990); Natural Moment (1991); And I'll Sing Once More (1992)

Bibliography:
Anon: Auditions. Christopher Hollyday, in: Down Beat (Aug.1985)
Paul Bradshaw: Honk Honk! Here Comes the Goose. Boston's Christopher 'Goose' Hollyday Taking Off, in: Straight No Chaser, #5 (1989)
J. Roberts: Christopher Hollyday - "Reverence", in: Down Beat (Feb.1989)
Bill Milkowski: Young Lions. The Flamekeepers of Tomorrow, in: Jazziz (Jun/Jul.1989)
Fred Bouchard: Christopher Hollyday, in: Jazz Times, Jun.1989
J. Levenson: Christopher Hollyday, in: Down Beat (Sep.1989)
Bill Milkowski: Blindfold Test. Christopher Hollyday, in: Down Beat (Jan.1990)
Franco Fayenz: Un sassofono sopra Berlino, in: Musica Jazz (Jan.1990)
J.T. Jones IV: New Cats on the Block, in: Down Beat (Sep.1990)
Ken Franckling: Christopher Hollyday. The Journey Continues Moving at Last Between Bird & Jackie McLean, in: Jazz Times (Aug.1991)
Fred Bouchard: Christopher Hollyday, in: Down Beat (Oct.1991)
Anon: Kam durch Charlie Parker zum Jazz. Christopher Hollyday, in: Jazz Podium (Nov.1991)
Stuart Nicholson: Christopher Hollyday, in: Jazz. The Magazine, #12 (1992)
Ronald Atkins: Christopher Hollyday. Wild Child, in: Jazz Express (Mar.1992)
Don Erjavec: Transcribed Solo. Christopher Hollyday's Solo on "The Natural Monument", in: Jazz Educators Journal (Oct.1993)

Contact information:
Christopher Hollyday
Music Director
Valley Center High School
31322 Cole Grade Road
Valley Center, CA  92082
(760) 751-5500 X2420
Jazzbeat24@aol.com
hollyday.ch@vcpusd.k12.ca.us

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