Kris Brownlee is no stranger to contemporary jazz. He first emerged on the scene in 2001 as the front-man for his then group, The Grooveside and quickly setup a weekly jazz residency in Chicago. In 2013, Kris decided to permanently change the band from The Grooveside to Kris Brownlee.  

Although best known for his versatile skills on saxophone, he often refers to himself as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer. His third album, “Sincerely Yours” allowed Kris to wear all three hats at the same time. Although a huge task, it landed Kris a recording contract with Megawave Records, radio airplay, a single, “Solstice”, which landed at #3 on U.K. Smooth Jazz Charts, and a album that climbed it’s way to #9 on Amazon’s Smooth Jazz Charts. 

“Sincerely Yours” brought together many collaborations that included Grammy Award-winning producer, Michael Broening, as well as, other contemporary jazz artists Cindy Bradley, Argentinean vocalist Gabriela Anders, and legendary guitarists Freddie Fox and Jay Soto. Kris released his much-anticipated fourth album, “Breathe: Night Sessions”, on June 8, 2018. The first single, ”Meet Me There”, off that album peaked at #39 on Radar Chart.

Kris just doesn’t play music; he entertains, entertains, entertains and has been captivating audiences as a regular on popular club and festival circuits for years. Audiences love to hear how Kris infuses his legit/bepop jazz chops in with modern grooves. In 2013, Kris also signed with Aizen Mouthpieces of Japan to become one of the very few American endorsed artists with Aizen. 

Kris has performed/collaborated with many top jazz artists including The Rippingtons, Jonathan Fritzen, Jiggs Whigham, Elizabeth Mis, Harry Watters, Victor Haskins, Gabriel and Eddie Severn and many more.