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Bio

 

A recent graduate of the University of North Texas jazz guitar program, Chris McQueen currently lives in Denton, TX where he is actively involved in the inspiring musical community therein. He co-leads the budding rock group Oso Closo, is a permanent and contributing member of Denton jazz/funk/world music supergroup Snarky Puppy, plays with the contemporary gospel group Myron Butler & Levi, plays acoustic guitar in The Denton Regulators bluegrass band, guitarrón in Mariachi Inolvidable and Mariachi Quetzal, and takes part in a wide variety of other performances and recording sessions in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

Chris grew up in Austin, TX and started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of ten. After recording a great deal of his music himself he entered the studio on his thirteenth birthday to record seriously for the first time. Shortly thereafter he joined the popular blues/western-swing kid band RedHeaded Stepchild and through the help of lead guitarist Will Knaak began learning how to improvise and play with other musicians. Once in high school his interest in improvisation led Chris to begin taking jazz lessons, and he made first chair in the Westlake High School jazz ensemble his sophmore, junior, and senior years. While at Westlake he earned frequent soloist awards at jazz competitions and earned the single guitar spot in the Texas All-State Jazz Band his junior and senior years. He also composed his first big band piece, "En Route", which was performed by his high school and published by Walrus Music.

In 2002 Chris entered the jazz guitar program at the University of North Texas in Denton with both music and academic scholarships. During his time at UNT he studied with guitar professor Fred Hamilton and was a member of the Two O'Clock Lab Band directed by Jim Riggs, the One O'Clock Lab Band directed by Neil Slater, and the L5 Electric Guitar ensemble. He appears on recordings by all three of those groups as well as the first and second UNT Jazz Chamber albums, all of which (except for the Two O'Clock recordings) feature his own original music. His big band piece "Foe Destroyer" appears on Lab 2006 and is published by Walrus Music. (For more information about recordings and original music, see the music page.)

Chris's musical ventures have taken him all over the world. In the Summer of 2005 he toured Poland for two weeks with the One O'Clock Lab Band; he performed with the One O'Clock again in January 2006 at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) conference in New York City and later in Pennsylvannia and Chicago; he performed in the Netherlands with the Matt Sawyer Jazz Orchestra at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival; and he has toured nationally several times with Snarky Puppy and Oso Closo. Right now Chris is focusing all of his time on Oso Closo. The band is featured in the Dallas Theater Center's production of The Who's "Tommy" for the whole month of September and has been receiving rave reviews from DFW music and theater critics. After the run is over Oso Closo will hit the road for most of the rest of 2008.

     

© 2004-2008 Chris McQueen
Last updated 1/6/09