Chris Standring’s extensive background in studying and playing classical and jazz guitar during his formative years has inspired melodic and harmonic possibilities throughout his career that have set him apart from many instrumental artists whose upbringings and influences were more limited. The guitarist grew up in the small town of Aylesbury in England, later studying at London College of Music (where he played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and received a Fellowship Diploma) and writing music for the BBC before moving to Los Angeles in 1991. After establishing himself on the competitive local contemporary jazz scene with extensive club gigs, he hooked up with Rodney Lee. In 1996, Standring honed in on the R&B driven jazz sound that would become his trademark, while working with Lee under the name Solar System on their acid jazz oriented self titled album. After launching his recording career on established jazz labels, Standring started his own company Ultimate Vibe Recordings in 2008.
Since establishing himself as a popular mainstay in the contemporary urban jazz genre with infectious R&B driven hits like “Cool Shades” (from 1998’s “Velvet”), “Hip Sway” (title track from his 2000 album), “Ain’t Mad Atcha” (2003’s “Groovalicious”), “I Can’t Help Myself” (from 2006’s “Soul Express”), “Love & Paragraphs” (from 2008′s “Love & Paragraphs”) and “Oliver’s Twist” (from 2012′s “Electric Wonderland”), Standring has pushed his muse into offbeat and ultimately successful ventures like “Blue Bolero” (whose single “Bossa Blue” was the #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Track of the Year).
Chris Standring returned in March 2014 with another musical left turn with “Don’t Talk, Dance!” – A deep European progressive soul-jazz-dance influenced project featuring the best funk and soul studio musicians in Los Angeles. Drawing on 70′s style funk and soul inspiration, Chris raises the bar once again with an album that is impossible to sit still to. The first radio single “Sneakin’ Out The Front Door”, features Chris on guitar talkbox, and reached the #1 at the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs Chart.
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