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29 year old Canadian bassist, composer, and producer Chris Tarry holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Berklee College Of Music in Boston. He is currently a faculty member at the Capilano College jazz studies program in North Vancouver. Chris is a two time 1998 & 1999 JUNO award winner, a 1998 & 1999 West Coast Music award winner, the winner of a 1998 Jazz Report Magazine Award, nominated 1997 bassist of the year by Canadian Musician Magazine, nominated Musician of the Year at the 1999 West Coast Music Awards, and nominated best new artist for the Montreal jazz festivals Du Maurier Grand Jazz award in 1995.

An established sideman with a love for jazz Chris has worked and recorded with some of the top names in the Canadian and international music scene.

His work with John Scofield, Mino Cinelu (Sting, Weather Report, Miles Davis), DJ Logic (Medeski Martin & Wood), three time JUNO award winner Mike Murley, European blue note artist Tommy Smith, and New York based Drummer Ian Froman, has taken him across North America and abroad.

Chris has recorded and toured with various artists in all styles of music. His work as one of Vancouver's top side men has seen him share the stage with such Vancouver greats as Francois Houle, Dylan Vander Schyff, Brad Turner, Ron Samworth, Peggy Lee, Daryl Jahnke, Dave Robbins, Chris Gestrin, Randal Stoll, and Tony Wilson.

Chris has studied with some of the top bass/jazz instructors in the world such as Charlie Banacos, John Patitucci, and Gary Willis.

His extensive study and experienceas an electric bass specialist has lead to the completion of his first instructional book,The Bass Players Companion. Chris's commitment to teaching bass also lead to theformation of The Vancouver Bass Conference. An annual three day workshop, Chrisand three other top Vancouver players impress upon young bassists the importanceof becoming a well rounded musician.

Chris began producing music early in his career with the release of his four solo albums Landscapes, Groups Project, Unition, and Sevyn. His production and writing credits continue with his work with such artists as Metalwood, Sponge, Vancouver Latin Ensemble, and Junction.
Sevyn (1996)
Unition (1995)
Groups Project (1994)

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Jul 5 2001

Rich Brown Lays It Down
World-class bassist Rich Brown talks to Chris Tarry about music, practicing, and what it means to be part of the Canadian music scene in this exclusive ActiveBass interview.
<font color="#003333"><b>Chris Tarry:</b> Hi Rich, thanks for hangin out with us here at ActiveBass! You are a great electric bass player and one of Toronto's busiest side men. Can you tell us a bit more about your background and influen...(more)
I published a feature about Chris Tarry
Mar 19 2001

Sound, Talent, and Perseverance
Chris Trinidad talks with bassist and ActiveBass co-creator, Chris Tarry about solo albums, Vancouver, Metalwood, and, of course, ActiveBass.
I first met Chris Tarry as a first year electric bass student at Capilano College, a jazz studies program located in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. He was onstage, giving a clinic with his group Metalwood and I proceeded to experience an incr...(more)
I published a feature about Chris Tarry
Feb 6 2001

Musical Chops with Adam Nitti
Chris Tarry talks with Adam Nitti about technique, solo albums, and making it as a pro bass player!
<font color="#003333"><b>Chris Tarry:</b> Hi Adam and thanks for taking the time to chat with us here at Active Bass. You and I have known each other for quite some time now and it's great to get a chance to talk with you for Active Bass. C...(more)
I published a feature about Chris Tarry
Jan 4 2001

Layin It Down With Nathan East
Nathan East, one of the world's busiest bass players, talks with Chris Tarry about influences, attitude, touring, presidential inaugurations, and more!
<font color="#003333"><b>Chris Tarry:</b> Hi Nathan and thanks for spending some time here with us here at I have been a fan of your playing and career for many years! Tell us a little bit about how you started playing the bass...(more)
I published a feature about Chris Tarry
Oct 28 2000

Between The Lines with Ed Friedland
Get to know the player behind some of the best bass instructional books around! Ed Friedland talks with Chris Tarry about gear, writing, school, and developing a career.
<font color="#003333"><b>Chris Tarry:</b> Hi Ed thanks for taking time out to talk with us here at Active Bass. Can you fill us in a bit on your background, influences, and possibly how you began playing bass?</font><br/><br/> <b>Ed Friedland:...(more)
I published a feature about Chris Tarry
Sep 7 2000

Talkin' Shop With Mike Kinal
Master luthier Mike Kinal talks with Chris Tarry about woods, tone, inspiration, and the art of bass building
<font color="#003333"><b>Chris Tarry:</b> Hi Mike and thanks for taking the time to chat with us here at Active Bass. Maybe you can fill us in on where your shop is and how you started building basses?</font><br/><br/> <b>Mike Kinal: </b>Th...(more)
I published a feature about Chris Tarry
May 1 2000

Getting Bent with Gary Willis
Tribal Tech's 5-string monster talks with Metalwood's Chris Tarry about players, influences, dogs, and even his hats in this exclusive interview for ActiveBass.
<font color="#003333"> CT: How are you enjoying working on your own solo CD's? Musically, how does it differ for you from working with Tribal Tech? </font><br/><br/> <b>Willis:</b> My CD's as well as the Tribal Tech CD's have been a blast. The o...(more)
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Apr 3 2000

Deep Thoughts Stuck in a rut? Here are some deep thoughts and observations by Chris Tarry
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