Project Description

Clarinetist and Saxophonist Chris French, is a native of Southern California, and his career extends from the Midwest, to Los Angeles, New York City, Florida, Chicago, and Mexico. Chris is equally at home performing as soloist, and with symphony orchestras, jazz groups of all sizes, new music ensembles, and chamber music. As a free-lance musician in Los Angeles he recorded or performed in every major studio, symphony orchestra, and major Broadway show. He has shared the stage with (among many others) Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr, Henry Mancini, Bruce Broughton, Pierre Boulez, Andre Previn, and Georg Solti. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he divided his time in New York between the study of classical music, and jazz and improvisation. Chris has been featured as soloist with many of the performing groups in the Michiana region, can be heard at the Elkhart Jazz Festival every year, and enjoys collaborative improvisation. A dedicated music educator, he is an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University South Bend, Notre Dame, St. Mary’s College and Goshen College.