Biography

As a young professional, Chris Croce is already turning into a transcendent upright/electric bassist and writer. He was a member of the world famous Crescent Super Band, under the direction of Caleb Chapman. During his 2 years with the band, they won consecutive Downbeat Student Awards for Best Big Band and played at numerous events, including the Berklee High School Jazz Festival, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the Park City Jazz Festival and the Telluride Jazz Festival. During the 2009 National Heritage Festival in Washington D.C., he was awarded the Maestro Award for Best Soloist, which was only given to 4 students in the competition.

Chris attended the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami on an academic and music scholarship. At Miami, he continued making huge strides in his musical ability, performing and recording with many top ensembles and songwriters. He was the bass player for the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Ensemble from 2010 to 2014, proving his versatility in the contemporary scene. Chris played with the Brian Lynch Artist Ensemble for 2 years, as well as gigged with many different groups around the Miami/South Florida area, including wedding/corporate top 40 bands, jam bands, jazz trios, and singer-songwriters. He was the bassist for the Ariel Pocock Trio, which played in the Miami/South Florida area during the school year and performed at various jazz festivals during the summer, including the Elkhart Jazz Festival and The Jazz Cruise 2014. He majored in Music Business/Entertainment Industries with a double minor in Jazz Performance and Business Administration. 

A proud D'Addario Artist, Chris has relocated to Nashville as of May of 2014 and now lives there playing sessions, in/out of town gigs, wedding/corporate events, and working on his own projects. His first EP, Full Speed Ahead, released in May of 2015. He has also joined Bruce Hornsby's trio along with drummer Sonny Emory in Bruce's project "Life in the Psychotropics, and Other Musical Adventures."
 
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