Chris Alford is a creative versatile guitarist and composer that has performed in Mississippi juke joints as well as concert halls and major jazz festivals around the country. Alford earned his M.M. in Jazz Performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Tennessee. There he had the opportunity to study and, or perform with Kirk Whalum, Mike Smith, Henry Johnson, Regi Wooten, Jeff Coffin of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and Chester Thompson of Weather Report and Frank Zappa's bands. After graduating with honors Alford moved to his birthplace of Jackson, Mississippi and pursued music full-time. There he became interested in music education, teaching privately and at Holmes Community College. Alford has had the opportunity to play with legends of jazz and blues like Skeets McWilliams, Donnie(Motown records) 2Face( MTV award Winner) John McLean, Ezra Brown, Cassandra Wilson, Dr. London Branch, AACM member Alvin Fielder and many more. He also became a band member of national recording artist jazz songwriter Rhonda Rhichmond. In this band he had the oppOrtunity to open for legendary jazz organist Jimmy Smith, The Yellow Jackets, Medeski, Martin, and Wood and jazz diva Cassandra Wilson, whom produced the bands debut album. Currently, Alford has relocated to Chicago where he is pursuing music full time. Recent performances include Atlanta Jazz Festival, Snowbird Jazz Festival, The Unbroken Circle, a unique historical performance concert featuring Cassandra Wilson, Herlin Riley, and Reginald Veal.
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