Chris Gumbley

Chris Gumbley

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 From the first notes of his demo tracks it is clear that Chris Gumbley really knows how to play his instrument, whether it be his cool sax or his smooth, swinging clarinet. This is not surprising - Chris teaches at the Birmingham music conservatoire, is an external music examiner and his busy career as a performer and session musician recently included touring as backing sax player with soul legends The Four Tops and The Temptations.

Chris's musicianship is not restricted to his technical proficiency, he is also able to play in a particularly wide range of jazz styles, from "trad", through swing and be-bob, to the funky sound associated with players like Grover Washington Jr and Kenny G. This means that he can create a wide variety of moods for parties and receptions of all kinds, and can play music that will be familiar to guests of all ages and of all musical tastes. Indeed, Chris's repertoire includes literally hundreds of the classic "standards" of the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, written by masters such as George Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, along with modern jazz originals and funk/fusion hits.

The bands featured on the demo tracks are a quartet of Chris with keyboard, bass and drums; and a duo of keyboards plus Chris on sax and clarinet.

Chris often works as a duo but also can provide a trio (sax, keyboard, bass), quartet or larger band adding singer and/or trumpet. The band normally plays for about three hours over a four-hour period and include a PA system suitable for providing music for gatherings of up to 80 to 100 guests. A PA system for a larger audience can be provided.

Chris also belongs to a 3-piece band called "Jazzmatazz" who specialise in the music of the Roaring 20's and 30's.




Dear Classique and the Chris Gumbley quartet

Thank you so very much for your help in making Nicola and Alan's wedding day at Sommerford Hall on 29th March so perfect. Your live music was wonderful and Nicola and Alan were delighted. I have received many compliments about the music and would like to pass these on to you both. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Take Five' and little Callum the pageboy, was mesmerised by your version of ‘Postman Pat'.

The newly weds have now returned from their honeymoon spent in Antigua and St.Thomas and they are still on cloud nine. The really enjoyed their special day.

Thank you for helping to make it perfect for them.

Irene Young  


The Wedding (duo)

Ain't Misbehavin (duo)

Choo Choo Ch'Boogie (quartet)

Nice Work (quartet)

Sweet Georgia Brown (trio)

Take Five (quartet)

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