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Chris Beck


With the release of his debut album, The Journey (2018), Chris Beck is making a name for himself on the New York scene as a hard-swinging, powerhouse drummer and composer who pays homage to the classic straight-ahead style of jazz, infused with elements of his African roots and Gospel upbringing. ​

Beck currently performs with Cyrus Chestnut, Oliver Lake, and Grammy-nominated Rufus Reid. He has also shared the stage with McCoy Tyner, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, James “Blood” Ulmer, The Mingus Big Band, David Murray, Billy Harper, Curtis Fuller, James Spaulding, Harold Mabern, Charles Fambrough, Mulgrew Miller, Wynton Marsalis, Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield Jr., Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Wycliffe Gordon, Orrin Evans, Bruce Barth, Nicole Henry, Jennifer Holliday, Macy Gray, Mark Whitfield, Derrick Hodge, Ralph Bowen, Joanna Pascale, Joe Locke, Duane Eubanks, Eric Lewis, and many others.

Beck earned a Bachelor of Music from Temple University (2004) and a Master of Music from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (2010).