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Origin  St. Louis, Missouri
Name  Chris Cheek
Years active  1992 – Current

Instruments  Saxophone
Genres  Jazz, Blues
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Born  September 16, 1968 (age 47) (1968-09-16)
Labels  Fresh Sound, Blue Music Group
Associated acts  Paul Motian, Brian Blade
Role  Bandleader ·
Education  Berklee College of Music, Webster University
Albums  Reeds Ramble, Plujazz, Play Monk and Powell, Flight of the Blue Jay, The Bloomdaddies

Occupation(s)  Musician, Bandleader

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Chris Cheek (born September 16, 1968) is an American jazz saxophonist. He has worked as a sideman on more than sixty albums in his career, and has been bandleader of four critically acclaimed solo albums.


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Cheek was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. His early love of music was encouraged; his father was the director of a Junior high school band, and Cheek began learning to play the alto saxophone at age twelve. Upon graduation from high school, Cheek attended Webster University. Upon receiving a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, he studied there under Joe Viola, Hal Crook, and Herb Pomeroy, and earned his bachelor's degree. He moved to New York City in 1992, where he has played with Paul Motian, Guillermo Klein, Seamus Blake, Stephan Crump, Mika Pohjola, David Berkman, and Jen Chapin.

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His debut release as a leader, I Wish I Knew, appeared in 1997 and featured Kurt Rosenwinkel, and by 2010, three more solo albums with Cheek as bandleader on the Fresh Sound label followed; A Girl Named Joe (1997), Vine (1999), and Blues Cruise, in 2005. Cheek has appeared on more than sixty albums as a session musician.

Unlike many of his contemporaries he regularly makes extensive use of electronic effects on his saxophone, for example in the CDs by the Bloomdaddies or Rudder.

As leader

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  • I Wish I Knew with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Higgins, Jorge Rossy (Fresh Sound, 1997) – FSNT 022 (1997)
  • The Secret of the Castle with Mika Pohjola, Matt Penman, Roberto Dani (Blue Music Group), 1997)
  • Announcement with Mika Pohjola, Matt Penman, Roberto Dani (Blue Music Group), 1997)
  • A Girl Named Joe with Mark Turner, Jorge Rossy, Dan Rieser, Ben Monder, Marc Johnson (Fresh Sound, 1997)
  • Vine with Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Matt Penman, Jordi Rossy (Fresh Sound, 1999)
  • Live at Jamboree: Guilty with Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Jorge Rossy (Fresh Sound, 2000)
  • Live at Jamboree: Lazy Afternoon with Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, and Jorge Rossy (Fresh Sound, 2002)
  • Blues Cruise (Fresh Sound, 2005)
  • Little Things (Animal Music, 2009) with Jaromír Honzák Quintet
  • As sideman

    With Burak Bedikyan

  • Leap of Faith (SteepleChase)
  • With Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra

  • Not In Our Name (Verve, 2004)
  • Time/Life (Impulse!, 2011-2015 [2016])
  • With Guillermo Klein and Los Guachos

  • Carrera (Sunnyside / Sunnyside Communications)
  • With Paul Motian and the Electric Bebop Band

  • Reincarnation of a Love Bird (JMT, 1994)
  • Flight of the Blue Jay (Winter & Winter 1996)
  • Play Monk and Powell (Winter & Winter, 1998)
  • Europe (Winter & Winter, 2000)
  • Holiday for Strings (Winter & Winter, 2001)
  • Garden of Eden (ECM, 2004)
  • References

    Chris Cheek Wikipedia