"Cortez is a brilliant guitarist... I found myself wanting to hear it over and over." John Book
Welcome to Chris Cortez
Chris Cortez, guitarist, vocalist, band leader, concert promoter, and record label owner is a busy man.
An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc... He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.
Chris' discography includes over 24 CDs as a leader, sideman, and/or producer. He released his 6th solo CD, Aunt Nasty, in 2012 to rave reviews and enjoyed 4 months of heavy airplay on Sirius XM's Real Jazz channel. That was followed by hit collaborations with Carol Morgan, and Tianna Hall. Chris owns the record label Blue Bamboo Music Inc, which supports a dozen artists, and is also involved in concert promotions, hosting artists like Jeff Coffin's Mu'tet, and fellow guitarists Pat Martino, Charlie Hunter, and Mike Stern.
Equally at home with jazz, rock and blues, a typical performance includes a variety of musical styles, artfully blended together with high energy, and virtuosity clearly on display. Cortez is currently performing in the Houston, Texas area on a regular basis at the following venues: Sambuca, Cezanne, Vic and Anthony's, The Marriott Westchase, and the Westin Hotel in Memorial City. Please click on CALENDAR link above to see dates and times.
One reviewer called him "the consumate musician." Another, "..a phenomenal guitar player." As accomplished as he is as a guitarist, Chris is also an excellent vocalist. His shows mix vocal and instrumental material creating wide ranging appeal.
“I find the music of Chris Cortez to be an important message to listen to. Some great moments, that shouldn’t be missed. Chris, .......... Bravo!” Pat Martino
"..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
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.