The Chris Ho Band Profile
The Chris Ho Band began as a Tuesday night jam session to play new music with a group of long time friends. In 1996, the first CHB CD, LIFETIME was released, receiving critical acclaim in JAZZIZ Magazine. GROWING UP (1998), PICASSO BLUE (2000), and XMAS JAM (2001) feature guest artists Smokey Robinson, Dan Potruch, Gary Wing, Hubert Laws, and Phil Upchurch. The Chris Ho Band has performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival, Long Beach Jazz Festival, Hollywood Park Casino, and numerous other jazz clubs and concert venues on the West Coast.
Chris Ho, founder and leader of the band, combines his talents as composer and keyboardist to create original music that includes jazz, classical, rock, gospel, and Latin influences.
A prolific composer and virtuoso pianist, his performances display a devotion to beauty, passion, and imagination. Breathtaking improvisations and dynamic interplay are an ever present feature of his work.
Sal Marquez, trumpet and fluegelhorn, brings a lifetime of jazz mastery to the stage. Performances and recordings with Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Frank Zappa, and Dave Grusin reflect his legendary status in the music world.
Wayne Wayne, alto and tenor saxophones, flutes, and piccolo, plays every note with an intensity that must be seen and heard to be believed. With roots in classical, bebop, and R and B, Wayne plays with the Temptations and blues legend Barbara Morrison.
John Balbuena, keyboardist and music educator, lays down a smooth foundation and throws down earthy solos with a funky blues feel. John plays with the Dick Clark Rock and Roll Band in appearances from coast to coast. His composition "Jaqueline" is featured on GROWING UP.
David "Red" Renick, drums and percussion, keeps time with an explosion of sound that reflects his vast experience in orchestral, big band, and small group settings. Polyrhythms and outrageous drum solos combined with a unique sense of musical humor make Dave`s playing a real treat.
Dr. Matt, basses, studied doublebass and jazz improvisation at UCLA. He plays the Carruthers SUB-1 doublebass, Bossa OB-6 bass guitars, Euphonic Audio amplification, and Tara Labs cables from the L.A. Bass Exchange.