Chris holds a Masterís degree in Composition (Jazz) from Texas State University and spent three years in private study with the great New York based Jazz guitarist Richie Hart. Chris has been teaching at the Austin School of Music since 2002 where he specializes in Jazz guitar, performance, theory and improvisation with a heavy accent on the Blues. His performance credits include Ron Wilkins (Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie) organist/producer Ron Levy (B.B. King, Roomful of Blues) and drummer Jeff Salisbury (Albert King, Chuck Berry) as well as Austin locals Kellye Grey, Alex Coke, Dexter Walker, Chris Maresh, John Vogelsang, and Doug Hall. As leader of The Belltower 4, Chris has brought his own blend of Jazz and Blues to audiences in New York, Boston, Vermont, San Francisco, Oakland, CA and Austin, TX.