Welcome to Chris Cortez

Guitarist, vocalist, band leader, concert promoter, and record label owner living in Orlando, Fl. 

As a recording artist, he's been featured in the international jazz press including: Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, All About Jazz, Jazzreview.com, Jazz Improv , and Le Jazz Hot Paris magazines. His discography includes 30 CDs as a leader, sideman, and/or producer, and he's produced and directed more than 50 music videos, with a wide variety of artists. He's played all over the world. Some highlights include: Yoshi's in San Fransisco, Snug Harbor in New Orleans, Smalls in New York, and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

His most recent CD Top Secret received rave reviews and went to # 2 on the nationwide CMJ radio charts and his CD Aunt Nasty enjoyed heavy airplay on Sirius XM's Real Jazz channel for an unprecedented 9 months.

Aunt Nasty went on to be Sirius' 3rd most requested CD in 2013, and was followed by hit releases with frequent collaborators Carol Morgan (Retroactive), and Tianna Hall (Noel). Since that time Chris has also produced discs with Joe LoCascio and Woody Witt (Absinthe) and Glen Ackerman. (The Glenious Alien Landscape)

Prefering to stay busy, when he's not performing or recording, Chris is usually producing another artist in his studio.

Chris' record label Blue Bamboo Music, supports a dozen artists, and is currently building a performing arts center in Winter Park, Fl.

As accomplished as he is as a guitarist, Chris is also an excellent vocalist. He performs solo, as a duo with an upright bass, or with his trio featuring Jerry Bravo and Marc Clermont. Any of the combinations can be expanded to include keyboards, sax, trumpet, and/or Latin percussion.

Live shows include a combination of instrumental and vocal selections, originals, and Chris' unique arrangements of popular songs, creating a broad appeal.

Please click here to hear audio samples.

(Music tab at top of page also works)

Chris Cortez Quartet - Simone (from Top Secret)

Chris Cortez Quartet - That's the Way of the World (from Top Secret)


To learn more about the new performing arts center Chris is building in Winter Park Fl, please watch:


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 also 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 artists from throughout the world. Drop by the studio/label site to see what it's all about at BlueBambooMusic.com

Booking Inquiries:

Melody Cortez