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Chris Byars: Bio

CHRIS BYARS is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator based in New York City. He divides his artistic focus between development of original material and studying the vast repertoire of jazz composers of the 20th century. As a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department, Chris has ventured to American Embassies in 44 countries to perform concerts and educational outreach.

His latest CD release, Jasmine Flower (SteepleChase), offers new Chris Byars compositions and jazz adaptations of folk music encountered in his recent journeys to Morocco, Vietnam and China. Byars was co-director of the Jazz Futures Workshop in Cyprus from 2008-2013.