Contemporary jazz guitarist Chris Standring has been play around the world and recording using his custom Benedetto Guitars for many years. Throughout that period he has climbed the ladder of success and popularity, gracing the stage of jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs everywhere. Known for his smooth, flawless technique and dynamic melodies, his albums have risen to the very top of the Billboard charts in the smooth jazz category and a number one hit on “Radio and Records” smooth jazz airplay charts for several months running.
Based in Southern California, when he is not on tour or in a recording studio, Chris has worked to pioneer jazz guitar education and social networking through his www.playjazzguitar.com and more recently the amazing interactive www.jazzmatrix.com.
Continuing to find fresh, dynamic ways to break new ground in contemporary jazz 16 years after seducing us with his debut album Velvet, the versatile composer, guitarist and producer lets the groove – along with his loyal archtop Benedetto and Fender Stratocaster – do all the conversing on a set that bridges old school R&B/soul-jazz with a trippy, soundscape rich, ultra-contemporary electronica vibe. Taking yet another dramatic and spirited left turn four years after his critically acclaimed classical/jazz set Blue Bolero redefined his and the genre’s creative boundaries, the versatile guitarist and composer – amping up to 120 bpm on most cuts – goes deep with his love for Euro-styled drum/bass driven chill, progressive dance music, ambient trance, electronic dance music (EDM) and even dubstep.
Chris Standring with his Bambino Model