Welcome to Chris Cortez

Chris Cortez is a guitarist, vocalist, band leader, concert promoter, and record label owner living in Houston, TX. 

As a recording artist, he's been featured in the international press including: Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, All About Jazz, Jazzreview.com, Jazz Improv , and Le Jazz Hot Paris magazines. His discography includes 25 CDs as a leader, sideman, and/or producer.  His most recent CD (Aunt Nasty) received rave reviews and enjoyed 6 months of heavy airplay on Sirius XM's Real Jazz channel. In fact, it was their 3rd most requested CD in 2013. That was followed by hit releases with frequent collaborators Carol Morgan (Retroactive), and Tianna Hall (Noel). Noel was also featured prominently on Sirius/XM as one of their favored Christmas CDs of 2013.

Chris is currently performing in Houston, TX at Sambuca, Cezanne, Kirby's, Vic and Anthony's, The Marriott Westchase, and the Westin Hotel in Memorial City. He is most proud of the fact that most of his gigs represent long term relationships with repeat customers. He's performed at some of the above venues for over 7 years.

As accomplished as he is as a guitarist, Chris is also an excellent vocalist. His live shows present a mix of Sinatra era swing classics, romantic ballads, and Chris' clever arrangements of popular songs. The vibe is sophisticated, conversational, and perfect for hotels, private events, and high end restaurants. When it's time to turn up the heat, he is one of the rare performers who can seamlessly transition to classic rock, blues, and R&B. (see song list)

Chris performs solo, as a duo with an upright bass, or with his trio featuring both drums and bass. Any of the combinations can be expanded to include a female vocalist, keyboards, sax, trumpet, and/or Latin percussion. Clients may specify casual, business, or formal attire.

Chris' record label Blue Bamboo Music, supports a dozen artists, and is also involved in concert promotions. He is a voting member of the NARAS (Grammys) and has participated in the Grammys as an artist, producer, or engineer in the last 12 competitions.

Read Reviews

"..musically affirms a lifetime of love for the blues."   
Gregory J. Robb, Jazz Improv

"..the consummate musician." 
 Denai Burbank, Jazz at a Glance

"..a phenomenal guitar player."
 Roman St. James, Jazz Review


Recording Studio

Chris owns and operates a full service recording studio which is available to artists from many different genres of music.   Chris's record label, Blue Bamboo Music Inc, features the cream of Houston's music community, and artists from throughout the world, all of whom drop in to perform with him on a regular basis.  Chris' talented trio can be expanded to accomodate up to eight musicians.


Chris Cortez


281-812-7850 (office)