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CHRIS HOUGH comes from a long line of musicians. Chris’ strongest influence came from his mother who encouraged him to follow his dream of becoming a musician. Being a musician and vocalist herself and a music teacher of many years, and eventually becoming head of the music department for the Greenwich Connecticut Public Schools, she was in a perfect place to encourage him. She encouraged Chris to attend a Berklee College of Music Summer Program which eventually led to his obtaining a degree from Berklee in professional music. After graduating from Berklee College of Music Chris played for 20 years in the Boston area with the Winiker Band - The Boston Globe called the Winikers "Boston’s House Band." Some events Chris has performed include President Clinton’s Presidential Inaugural Ball, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Harvard University, and some venues such as The Wang Center, Boston’s Regatta Bar, The Parker House Hotel, Zanzibar, and The Colonnade. Chris gained his vast repertoire playing countless events on the East Coast. Chris has taught at private and public schools from grade school through college.

Chris relocated to the Salt Lake area where he was embraced and quickly earned a reputation as one of the area’s finest guitarists and is also an active educator. Some past performances in Salt Lake City have been The 2008 Utah Arts Festival, The Gateway Concert Series, Little Shop of Horrors at the Capital Theater, The Grand America, and Zanzibar, to name a few.

Relocating to the Salt Lake area for Chris was a process of energizing and sparking new creativity. A difficult decision that led to new possibilities and the composition of a long overdue original jazz CD “Turn For The West,” which is currently receiving global airplay.

Chris has a sound that is "retro-fresh." While many of his compositions are challenging technically to play, he gives the audience something to hold on to with his clean sound that soothes, relaxes, excites and, best of all, stays with you. His grit and energy from a musical road well traveled translate well to the audience.

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Chris teaches Master Class at Salt Lake Community College

President Clinton's Inaugural Ball

Radio Airplay

United States:

WCVF-FM, Fredonia, NY
WWSP 89.9/90FM, Stevens Point, WI
My Jazz Network, Dallas Texas
WRRG-FM, River Grove IL
The New Low Down, Chicago, IL
Blue Lake Public Radio, Twin Lake, MI
WIUP-FM, Indiana, PA
WNMU-FM, Marquette, MI
KZYX, Boonville, CA
WFIT, Melbourne, FL
Jazz Excursions, Glenwood, NM
Boise State Radio, Boise, ID
KMXT, Kodiak, Alaska
New World Buzz, Oakdale, PA
KASU-FM, Jonesboro, Arkansas
KWCR 88.1 The Edge, Ogden, UT
KRCL, Salt Lake City, UT
KMFB 92.7 FM / 96.7 FM, Willits, CA
WFSU-FM, Tallahassee, FL
WCLV, Cleveland, OH
WHCJ 90.3 FM, Svannah, GE
WRTI-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WVIK-FM, Rock Island, IL
KEDU-FM, 102.3, Ruidoso, NM
KSFR 90.7 FM , Santa Fe, NM
KISU-FM 91.1, Pocatello, ID
O/'s Place Jazz Magazine, Charlotte, NC
The Podcast Network, Castleton on Hudson, NY
WECI, Bakersfield, CA
Jazz Without Borders, Augusta, GE
WUMD, N. Dartmouth, MA
KRTU, San Antonio, TX
WSKG, Binghamton, NY
WTLZ FM Hot 107 (CM), Saginaw, MI 48604


International:

BBC Radio, Nottingham, Bottesford, Nottingham, United Kingdom
CHOICE FM, London, United Kingdom
PBS FM 106-7, Collingwood, Australia
2NCR 92.9 FM, Lismore, Australia
Huon FM, Tas, Australia
PBS FM 106-7, Melbourne, Australia
Minsk Radio, Minsk, Belarus
Vibes 90.6 FM, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Radio 794, Veessen, Netherlands
Jazz & Blues Tour, Alphen aan den Rign, Netherlands
Keith Community Radio, Keith, Banffshire, Scotland
Dutch Coast Radio, Zandvoort, Netherlands
Coast F/M 96.3, New South Wales, Australia
Shoalhaven Community Radio, Kings Point, Australia
ILR Television and Radio, Newcastle NSW, Australia
C-VUE FM, British Columbia, CA
Radio Maldwyn
Builth Wells, Brecknockshire, United Kingdom
KIX FM, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, Australia
4BAY FM and 4BSR FM and 101 FM, Springwood Queensland, Australia
Great Southern Radio, Croier Road, Australia
2TEN FM, Wyberba Queensland, Australia
Radio ARA, Luxenbourg, Sprinkage, Luxembourg
Radio Vibration + RTBF, Brussels, Belgium
CJAM FM, Canada
Jazz Radio, 101.9 Berlin, Germany
Triple H-FM, Horsham, Australia
YLE Radio, Vega (National), Finland
Radio 3ZZZ, Yarrambat, Victoria, Australia
3MBSFM 103.5, Dandenong, Australia
CKUT, Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada
Radio 3MBR-FM, Murrayville, Victoria, Australia
Community Radio 3WAY-FM, Warrnambool, Australia
Cairns FM89.1, Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia
Jazzart Productions, CKCU - FM, Ottawa, ON, Canada
3NRG, Taylors Lakes, Melbourne, Viictoria, Australia
Denmarks Radio (National) Frederiksberg C, Denmark
ALL FM, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Bay FM, Wynnum QLD, Australia
Coast FM 96.3, Gosford, NSW, Australia
Youth Comm Radio, Worcester, United Kingdom
Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munchen, Germany
Couleur Jazz 91.9 Montreal, Canada
Couleur FM 97.1 Gatineau, Canada
West Gippsland Community Radio 103.1 3bbr FM, Drouin, Australia
George FM, Westmere, New Zealand
El Cantor De Jazz, Radio Contadero 100.9 FM, Huetor Vega (Granada), Spain
GRS Radio, Keiv, Ukraine
Anima Jazz, Pisa, Italy
Radio Unerhört Marburg,  Marburg, Germany
GRS Radio, Kiev, Ukraine 
CFBX Radio, Kamloops, Canada 
FM Urquiza 91.7MHZ, Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Radio Merkury, Poznan, Poland
Virus De Blues, Jazz & Co , Dax France, France
UIS STEREO, Carrera 19 No 35 - 02 3 piso, Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia
Radio Gold Popular Network, Carpeneto AL, Italy
Radio Incontro, Pesaro,Italy
Radio Campus, Roubaix, France
Radio Rennes, Rennes Cedex, France
BRTO Radio, Netherlands

Selected Performances

President Clinton's Inaugural Ball, Washington, DC
The Wang Center, Boston, MA
The Regatta Bar, Cambridge, MA
Sculler’s Jazz Club, Boston, MA
Parker House Hotel, Boston, MA
Veronique, Brookline, MA
Zanzibar, Boston, MA
The Roxy, Boston, MA
Colonade Hotel, Boston, MA
Wellesley College Club, Wellesley, MA
Sherborn Inn, Sherborn, MA
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston, MA
Boston Ballet, Boston, MA
Harvard University, Boston, MA
Grand America Hotel - Salt Lake City, UT
Town Lift Café - Park City, UT
The Red Door, Salt Lake City, UT
Zanzibar, Salt Lake City, UT
Bayou Restaurant, Salt Lake City
Aerie Restaurant, Snowbird
Snowbird Convention Center, Snowbird, UT
Circle Lounge, Salt Lake City
Gateway Concerts, Salt Lake City
Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Greenstreet, Salt Lake City, UT
Suncrest Concerts, Draper, UT
Caffe Molise, Salt Lake City, UT
Caffe Niche, Salt Lake City
Metropolitan, Salt Lake City
Deer Valley Resort, Deer Valley, UT
Town Lift Café, Park City, UT
Silver Lake Lodge, Deer Valley, UT
Sundance, Sundance, UT
Ogden Depot, Ogden, UT
The Timbermine Restaurant, Ogden, UT
Red Butte Gardens, Salt Lake City, UT
Marriott City Center, Salt Lake City
2008 Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
Stein Erikson Lodge, Deer Valley, UT
Festival of Roses, Draper, UT
Draper 5K Race, Draper, UT

Press


"Chris Hough's latest CD release "Turn For The West" is a turn for the best! It's a wonderful listening experience."
--October, 25, 2008, Les Tarr, KMFB 92.7 FM/96.7 FM, Mendocino, CA


"Thank you for sending this C.D. I have to say that this is an absolutely superb recording from first to last. A good mix of tempos and influences which combine to make the entire prodution flow with consummate smoothness. Refreshingly new tunes, well written, produced, and played with Musicianship of the highest quality. The influence of Barney Kessel and Charlie Christian on Mr Hough are there to hear and he more than does them justice by adding his own distinct and fluent style. Full marks to all concerned with this high class recording. Best Wishes,
--September 8, 2008, John Reid, Keith Community Radio 102.8 FM, Keith, Banffshire, SCOTLAND."


"Some reviews tells, that if you don’t like jazz guitar, don’t worry, because the sound of the Chris Hough’s guitar will please you for sure. What if you, a guitar jazz fan are? Then it is even more true. The music is not difiicult to listen to, but it is not simple music to play. And that is clever. It is as a clever man, who could explain a difficult theme simple to the people. So Chris does. Thank you for your music."
--September 26, 2008, Jan Nederveen, Radio 794, Netherlands


Burger with Relish:
Pop culture and music by David Burger


Friday, June 27, 2008
Hough and puff

Besides Tim McGraw tonight at USANA and Jerry Seinfeld at Abravanel, the Utah Arts Festival continues downtown today. See the Web site for all the information. Here's someone for Sunday:

Chris Hough (left) is an accomplished jazz guitarist with a degree from the acclaimed Berklee College of Music who has just released an album called "Turn for the West." The 47-year-old transplant isn't content to play jazz that would be at home in food courts and elevators, because he loves Led Zeppelin as much as Al Di Meola and was known as "Mister Rock" in college, he told The Salt Lake Tribune. The music teacher is just one of the many acts at the Utah Arts Festival this weekend. The festival, running through Sunday, features the accomplished WMCA Rock Ensemble, alt-country favorites Band of Annuals and mellow psychedelic band Calico, among scores of others. Hough said he might be so inspired by the creative aura of the festival he'll "sing some bossa nova."

Chris Hough Quartet at the Arts Festival
When Sunday at 2 p.m.
Where Utah Arts Festival Festival Stage (nearest stage to entrance), 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets $10 at www.uaf.org (good for all day)
12:18 PM |


Tribune - SLC
http://www.sltrib.com/entertainment/ci_9710176

Out & About
Compiled by David Burger
Article Last Updated: 06/26/2008 05:41:49 PM MDT


ROCKING THE JAZZ GUITAR
Chris Hough is an accomplished jazz guitarist with a degree from the acclaimed Berklee College of Music who has just released an album called "Turn for the West." The 47-year-old transplant isn't content to play jazz that would be at home in food courts and elevators - he loves Led Zeppelin as much as Al Di Meola and was known as "Mister Rock" in college, he told The Salt Lake Tribune. The music teacher is just one of the many acts at the Utah Arts Festival this weekend. The festival, running through Sunday, features the accomplished WMCA Rock Ensemble, alt-country favorites Band of Annuals and mellow psychedelic band Calico, among scores of others. Hough said he might be so inspired by the creative aura of the festival he'll "sing some bossa nova."
- David Burger
6/27/08
Chris Hough Quartet at the Arts Festival


City Weekly
Music Picks June 26-July 2 | Live: Utah Arts Festival, Chris Hough

Friday 6.27
CHRIS HOUGH CD RELEASE
Local jazz guitarist Chris Hough draws on both a formal training background and plain old life experience to shape his signature style. The Connecticut native honed his skills at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, but it took more than a fancy degree to inspire the new full-length album. Hough played around Boston for 20 years, hitting up tony galas and outdoor festivals before a bit of ennui set in. For one reason or another, he decided to jumpstart his career by relocating to Utah. With a little extra prodding from his wife, Hough got finally got down to business. The result: Turn For the West, a collection of 10 solid original compositions that coast along lighter-than-air drums, low and funky bass and, of course, Hough’s nimble strings. Listen closely, and you might hear the strain of shoveling snow, or struggling through unemployment. Or just close your eyes, and drift away.

By Jamie Gadette
City Weekly 
Posted 06/26/2008