Bio

Mississippi native Chris Alford is a creative guitarist and composer who has performed in juke joints as well as concert halls around the country. Equally adept playing bebop, rock, free improvisation or blues, his unique guitar voice has no stylistic bounds, yet retains a distinctive personal approach. He is just as likely to galvanize an audience with peculiar, angular, electric flourishes  as he is to seduce with luscious, atmospheric harmonies. An openness to sound and collaboration, allows Alford to shape and guide the music where it needs to flow. Since 2009, Alford has been active in a flourishing, creative music scene in New Orleans. Alford earned music degrees from The Chicago College of Performing Arts and Belmont University. There he had the opportunity to study with Mike Smith, Henry Johnson, Regi Wooten, John McLean, and Chester Thompson. Chris Alford has performed with legends of jazz and popular music including: Cassandra Wilson, Donnie, 2Face Idibia, Jerry Jemmott, Rhonda Richmond, American Idol finalist Leslie Hunt, Ezra Brown, James Singleton,Tim Bern, John Sinclair, Reginald Veal, Algerbra Blessett, Jeb Bishop, Mino Cinelu, Simon Lott, Mike Burton, Lew Soloff, Robert Walter,Tim Green, Mike Dillon, Tony Suggs, Hellen Gillet, Phillip Manuel, Gregoire Maret, Grayhawk Perkins, Matt Ulery and many more. Alford fulfills his passion for music education through his teaching, both in the community and at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he has been on the Jazz department faculty since 2007.