One of the most sought-after jazz bassists in New York City, Chris Berger started playing electric bass at the age of eleven. At the age of sixteen he discovered the acoustic bass and jazz. He played his first gigs in his native Dayton, Ohio. One year later enrolled in Bowling Green State University, where he studied both jazz and classical music. He received his most valuable musical training by working with the jazz musicians from the Toledo, Ohio area. After his formal studies Chris spent one year in Cleveland working with the highly regarded local tenor saxophonist Ernie Krivda and backing such visiting jazz artists as Joe Lovano, Jimmy Ponder, and Joe Williams. In 1993 he toured the United States, Europe, and Asia with legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and His Big Bop Nouveau. He also recorded with Ferguson for the Concord Jazz Label. In 1994 Chris moved to New York City, where currently resides. Since then he has performed, toured, and recorded with such jazz luminaries as John Abercrombie, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jimmy Cobb, Richie Cole, Herb Ellis, David Hazeltine, Joe Lovano, Mundell Lowe, Junior Mance, Dado Moroni, Mickey Roker, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Loston Harris, James Williams, Russell Malone, Eric Alexander, and Maria Schneider Big Band. Currently Chris is appearing with the Loston Harris Trio at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City.
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