Chris Beck

Chris Beck, a hard-swinging, powerful drummer and composer, is making a name on the New York music scene with The Journey, his debut album. Beck’s unique ability to evoke the straight-ahead jazz style while incorporating elements from his African roots as well as his Gospel upbringing is evident in his refreshingly soulful approach to art. Chris Beck is a Philadelphia native who was raised in music. He started on the trombone but quickly switched to the drums, where he found a natural fit. He continued in the music legacy of his grandfather, Tony Beck (the late gospel producer), and was encouraged by his high school music teacher to pursue a music career at Temple University. There he received a Bachelor’s degree in Music. He recorded two records with Temple University ensembles, Mean What You Say, and Room 323, of which the title track is his original composition. Later, an All About Jazz article compared it to a Thelonious Monk song. Beck was the “first call” drummer in the Philly jazz scene after he graduated in 2004. He worked with Sid Simmons, Robert “Bootsie” Barnes, Larry Mckenna, Larry Mckenna, Stanley Wilson, Terell Stafford, Jr., and Tim Warfield, Jr. Beck’s dedication to preserve the rich history and innovation of straight-ahead jazz was reinforced by his time playing with these incredible musicians. Beck moved to New York City to make a name for himself in the jazz scene. Beck settled in New York and began to study with Michael Carvin, a highly respected master drummer teacher. Beck received a Master’s degree in music from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2010. He also studied with Victor Lewis. Chris Beck is currently performing with Cyrus Chestnut and Oliver Lake. He was also nominated for a Grammy. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with many renowned musicians, including McCoy Tyner and legendary Motown recording artist Martha Reeves. From

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