About The Author

Chris Fagan made his professional debut with drummer Dick Berk at the 1984 Beckett Jazz Festival in Claremont, CA. In 1986, Chris traveled to New York City on a National Endowment for the Arts grant for jazz study with tenor saxophonist, David Murray. There he worked with small groups as well as big bands and appeared with names as diverse as organist Jack McDuff, trumpeter Dave Douglas, and Seabreeze recording artist, Bill Warfield.

In 1991, Chris moved to Amsterdam to become guest saxophone instructor at the Sweelinck Conservatory. Upon his return to New York in 1992, Fagan released his debut album entitled Lost Bohemia, which features Reggie Workman on bass, Andrew Cyrille on drums, and longtime mentor, Bobby Bradford on trumpet. The CD was released in Europe and the United States on the Open Minds record label based in Germany. With a mind towards pursuing jazz music in a more humane environment, Chris moved to Seattle in 1995. In 1997, Fagan recorded Signs of Life, his second CD. The album featured Chuck Bergeron and Brian Kirk, as well as John Hansen.

Jazz Now has written “Fagan is a fluent, discerning improviser with a clear and pleasing tone…In fact, the last alto saxophonist who caused me to sit up and take such emphatic notice was a youngster named Richie Cole.” Paul deBarros of the Seattle Times wrote: “…juicy, picquant tone on alto, a brisk, non-cliched sense of phrasing, and a dynamite feel for swing.”

He now writes reviews for itec2002