About Chris

Chris Fraser is a musician, educator and producer based in Vancouver, BC.

As a guitar player, Chris has been called one of the Vancouver jazz scene’s most exciting new voices today. An uncanny improviser, Fraser takes a modern approach to the traditional jazz idiom with influence from guitarists Jim Hall, Bill Frisell, John Scofield and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Having cut his teeth in the heart of the Vancouver jazz scene, starting out playing weekly at the historic Libra Room Cafe or at the Pat’s Pub Jazz Jam, he can lately be seen with his own groups or as an accompanist at many of Vancouver’s most popular jazz venues.

At 29 years old, Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Capilano University, is a BC Arts Council grant recipient to study jazz guitar in New York under NYU jazz guitar professor Peter Bernstein and has over 10 years of music instruction experience himself. As a teacher, Chris focuses on the students’ direct needs in relation to their goals, rather than working from a given text or curriculum.

Fraser can be heard on his EP Give (click here to listen) and more recently with the band Coffee’s 2019 release French Press (link here).