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    Most Recent Castaway - 23rd June, 2017
    Chris Amberger (2017)

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    Bassist, composer and educator Chris Amberger has been a rock-solid part of the Bay Area's jazz community since probably before the Summer of Love, fifty years ago.

    Chris grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut, until he was a teenager, when his widowed mother moved the family out to Oakland, California. He graduated from high school in 1967, and started appearing on records the very next year.

    Chris moved on to Merritt College in 1967-68. Then, thanks to Down Beat magazine, he got a full four-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. That was from 1969-73: on the faculty were the likes of Gary Burton, Major Holly, and Ron McClure; and among Chris's graduating class were Bill Pierce and John Scofield.

    Thereafter, Chris took off around the world. His musical quest has taken him to the four corners, playing with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and touring with the likes of Cal Tjader and Rosemary Clooney. In between tours he was back the Bay Area, serving as the house bassist at the Keystone Korner.

    Chris still makes his home here, in Petaluma, and continues to work hard, working sometimes as many as three gigs on the same day.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Dexter Gordon A Day in Copenhagen My Blues MPS
    # 2 Edgar Meyer Meyer and Bottesini Concertos Double Concerto for Cello and Double Bass Sony
    # 3 Gene Stone and Vince Wallace Jazz for Connoisseurs Kingfish N/A
    # 4 Steve Wolfe Cruisin' Some Grooves Melancholy Baby Wolfetones Records
    # 5 Caroluna Sacred Love Songs My Lips Got Lost N/A
    # 6 Chris Amberger not commercially available Careless Love not commercially available
    # 7 John Coltrane The Impulse Years Nature Boy Impulse
    # 8 Roy Haynes and Frank Strozier 60 Great Jazz Classics at the Movies Wives and Lovers Capitol
    # 9 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Live in Moers, 1976 Uranus Jazzline
             
    Book Philip Toshio Sudo, "Zen Guitar"
             
    Luxury Item "Water"