"I'd rather listen to [Madsen] than most other players out there right now"
-- Wynton Marsalis
Chris Madsen - tenor sax
Greg Artry - drums
Tom Vaitsas - organ
Jazz saxophonist Christopher Madsen is one of the most in-demand figures in the Chicago jazz world as a performer, composer, and pedagogue. He serves as full-time jazz faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, jazz faculty at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL, and was Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) from 2008-2014.
He is a sought-after jazz clinician, adjudicating at jazz festivals and offering workshops to ensembles of all ages and levels from across the globe. He is a Vandoren Performing Artist, and has also contributed jazz articles to The Instrumentalist magazine and been interviewed on several radio broadcasts about jazz history and his performing career.
As a leader and sideman, Madsen’s discography is extensive. He has released five albums as a leader since 2004 and can be heard as a player and composer on countless additional releases with artists such as Michael Dease, Marquis Hill, and Jeff Hamilton. He has performed at jazz festivals and live music venues domestically as well as in Japan, Spain, and Costa Rica.
The Chris Madsen trio brings its unique take on American Songbook standards to Winter's Jazz Club; the saxophone/organ/drums combination providing a different texture in which to interpret the classic songs written between the 1920s and 1960s. All members of the trio aim to counterbalance understatement and nuance with rhythmic, harmonic, and lyrical flights of fancy in their own distinct ways.