Christopher Cortez

Chris Cortez, guitarist, vocalist, band leader, concert promoter, and record label owner is a busy man. 
 
An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc...  He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed. 
 
Chris' discography includes over 30 CDs as a leader, sideman, and/or producer.  His 7th solo CD, Top Secret, received rave reviews. Chris owns the record label Blue Bamboo Music Inc, which supports a dozen artists, and is also involved in concert promotions, hosting artists like Jeff Coffin's Mu'tet, and fellow guitarists Pat Martino, Charlie Hunter, and Mike Stern.  

Chris has recently opened the acclaimed venue, Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Winter Park, Florida and it was named on Downbeat's list of 195 of the best places to hear jazz in the world, within the first six months of opening.  BBCFA is host to both local and international jazz artists and also features classical music as well as theatrical and literary events.

One reviewer called him "the consumate musician." Another, "..a phenomenal guitar player."  As accomplished as he is as a guitarist, Chris is also an excellent vocalist. His shows mix vocal and instrumental material creating wide ranging appeal.

"I find the music of Chris Cortez to be an important message to listen to. Some great moments, that shouldn't be missed. Chris, .......... Bravo!" - Pat Martino