Christopher Rochester is an African American musician, educator, and composer who has been working at the professional level for 15 years. He has studied and played with artists such as Greg Osby, George Garzone, Scotty Barnhart (of the Count Basie Band), and many other musicians at the forefront of the music industry. Chris was exposed to many Black American cultural practices during his youth, and was fortunate enough to be able to quickly understand how much influence that culture plays in music. This has afforded him the ability to both perform and teach in a way that shines light on the cultural influences of Black American traditions. He has taught in Florida, Minnesota, Georgia, and Alabama, helping students receive scholarship offers from across the nation.
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