The Jackson Garrett Band
Born in Biddeford, Maine, composer Christopher Gore was raised in Montreal and New England before moving west and finding his home in Southern California. He began composing music at the age of seventeen, and actively performs many of those very compositions to this day.
In Montreal, Chris Gore founded the “Upstairs Jazz Club” in 1985, where he began to appreciate the “American Songbook”. It was during this time that he developed his musical aptitude for jazz, and he likes to think that it was during this period that he gleaned his artistic direction and style from the talented musicians he hired nightly.
In California, Gore met Pat Rizzo, local saxophonist whose credits include long stints with Sly and The Family Stone, War, and Frank Sinatra, among many others. Then, one night Gore was playing with a small trio in downtown Palm Springs, when in walked (the late) Walter Earl Brown (Earl), composer of the hit Elvis song “If I Can Dream,” Grammy and Emmy award winner, and music arranger and writer for dozens of hit variety shows including “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour”, “The Dinah Shore Show” and several others. Apart from Earl Brown becoming his mentor, Chris Gore and Earl became close friends, and they began composing music and lyrics together
With Rizzo and Earl Brown, The Jackson Garrett Band concept was formed by Gore in 2007, and the band began a long-standing relationship in the recording studio which has produced four CDs to date, “Please Call Me, Sanjaya!” (2008), “Cool and Easy” (2009), “Speechless” (2010), and “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”(2011). The music all has tinges of jazz, pop, blues, Latin and even classical and folkloric styles, and the tight, angular horn arrangements of Marty Steele accentuate every song.
As of this writing, The Jackson Garrett Band loosely consists of Christopher Gore(vocals, keys, compositions), Marty Steele(keys, horn arrangements), Jeff Stover(bass), Dave Hitchings(drums), John Pagels(guitar), Steve Alaniz(sax), Andy Fraga(percussion), Stan Watkins(trumpet), John Leys and Kenny Meier(trombone), Kristi King(vocals), “Diva” Denise Carter(vocals), and Alina Rose(vocals). Also, Gary Bias, saxophonist for iconic 70′s band Earth, Wind and Fire and Grammy winner for co-composing the hit Anita Baker song “Sweet Love”, is featured throughout the recent album “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” and performs regularly with The Jackson Garrett Band. And, international sensation Slim Man, composer of the hit song “Faith In Us” and many others, is featured on vocals on recordings and he performs occasionally with the band.
On the local scene in Southern California, The Jackson Garrett Band performs regularly as a 10-piece ensemble for charity events and special concerts, and sometimes in a smaller configuration at nightclubs.