Chris Hemingway (B.M. Saxophone Performance, 2000) is a member of the New Century Saxophone Quartet, now in its sixteenth season, is the first ensemble of its kind to win first prize at New York City's world famous Concert Artist Guild competition. This ensemble has performed all over the world and 48 of the United States. Including two command performances for president Clinton at the white house.
In 2007 Mr. Hemingway won an Emmy Award as a performer of WQED's (PBS affiliate station) "Live From Studio A". As a sophomore at Duquesne University, Chris won the School of Music's prestigious concerto competition. At the young age of 21, he was also a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Chris has studied with James Houlik at the North Carolina School of the Arts and at Duquesne University.
His performing career is complemented equally with an active freelance jazz career in NYC. He is a member of the Stan Rubin Orchestra, Valery Ponomarev big band(jazz trumpeter/music director formerly of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers) and George Burton's "Group 5". Chris has performed and recorded with musicians all over the world including Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, legendary jazz drummer Roger Humphries, funk and jazz bassist Dwayne Dolphin, legendary soul and R&B singer Patti LaBelle, jazz saxophonist Lew Tabackin, Azerbaijani jazz pianist Shahin Novrasli, master funk drummer Poogie Bell, legendary funk bassist Victor Bailey, drummer/percussionist sensation Kahlil Kwame Bell, Slovakian funk bassist Juraj Griglak, trombonist/arranger Frank Lacey, legendary saxophonist and composer Benny Golson, bassist Tony Depaolis, and with jazz trumpeter Sean Jones.
Mr. Hemingway also leads his own group the "Chris Hemingway Quintet". The Quintet performs all over the country and parts of the world. This group features George Burton on Piano, Craig Magnano on guitar, Wayne Smith on Drums, and Ryan Berg on bass. These master vibe-creators don't merely walk the genre-crossing edge, but rather run it with rock-infused chords heavy with swing, groove, and mood. Their exchange of surprising harmonies, angular rhythms, pointed chords, use of space, and rhythmic elasticity bring deliverance from the traditional rules of engagement, breaking barriers between audience and musician, resulting in an organic harmonic symbiosis.
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