Jazz. Pop. Rock. R&B. Latin. Country.

A talented upcoming bass player, Chris Croce brings an engaging passion of music to any stage or genre. A graduate of the world-renowned Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Chris majored in Music Business & Entertainment Industries while improving his performance ability as a minor in Jazz Bass. He's shared the stage with greats in many genres, including Bruce Hornsby, Lamont Dozier, Peter Erskine, Jeff Coffin, Brian Lynch, and Esperanza Spalding, to name a few.

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One Week Until Miami! 

It's official: in a week I will be in Miami for my 10 day excursion that will include two recording sessions, two rehearsals, two gigs, and plenty of fun times with old friends and new ones. Needless to say, I am very excited for this trip! During the recording sessions, I'll be recording 5 tracks and using the same lineup from my senior recital last year. Be sure to be on the look out for pictures from the sessions, rehearsals and gigs!

I also have a few shows in Nashville booked for this week (tonight Jan 16th at High Watt!) and the first week of February with more bookings coming soon. The band I'm playing with tonight (Del Mar) is also hard at work on their upcoming EP, and I'll let you know as soon as that comes out, which should be in the next couple of months!

Busy start to 2015 

As a new year comes around, I have a lot of very exciting things going on this month. Besides various up coming gigs in the Nashville area (which you can check out on my "Upcoming Events" tab), I will be traveling back to Miami at the end of the month to record my first EP!! I am super excited to finally get a chance to record and make my own record, and even more thrilled to be able to do it where I went to college and with the same people that played on my recital. Mentor and longtime Nashville producer Tim Smith is going to be helping me produce the record, as well as my usual partner in crime, David Lukens.

During my time in Miami, I will also be performing with the one and only Bruce Hornsby, who has asked me to join him and his drummer Sonny Emory for two shows at the New World Center in Miami Beach. We will be performing world premiere orchestrations of Bruce's original music, and needless to say it is an honor that Bruce wanted me for this gig. The phone call itself was exhilarating, and I'm looking forward to playing with him in a few weeks!

Stay tuned for stories from Miami about my EP and playing with Bruce.

Lakland Basses and Taria Show 

Fall comes around... for the first time in 4 years for me! After going to college in Miami, I'm welcoming the cooler weather and falling leaves. I'm really proud to say that I now sponsor Lakland Basses, and huge thanks to Steve Pirruccello up at Lakland for hooking me up with an absolutely amazing instrument. Check out my gear page for the link to the Lakland website.

While the wedding season is certainly dying down, I've been spending more of my time working with an up and coming country artist named Taria. She is an amazing singer and we've been putting together her live show and it's starting to come together quite nicely! We're hoping to do a showcase in Nashville before the New Year, with things really taking off in January and February. You can check out her website at www.taria.comĀ 

I've also been working on writing some new songs, as well as mixing some of my old recital recordings, so stay tuned for new Chris Croce music!

A New School Year... 

...except I don't have to go back to school! Lucky for me, I've been keeping busy with wedding gigs and playing other gigs around town. For the first time since moving here, I have at least a couple gigs for consecutive weeks, and it looks like it'll keep that way into the first half of September. Feeling very refreshed after a family vacation and looking forward to starting on some new projects! More to be announced soon, including another endorsement which I'm very excited about!

NASHVILLE 

Well, it has been quite some time since my last blog post, but wow what a whirlwind of a few months. I have settled and moved in to my place in Nashville, living near Music Row with two great roommates. Been playing a few gigs here and there, but mostly going out and seeing a ton of music, meeting other musicians, and lining up other upcoming gigs for the fall season. The city of Nashville itself is beautiful; a big town, but not too crowded or cramped, and everyone is super nice! The CMA fest in June was a lot of fun and a great introduction to the country music scene. Great musicians and unbelievable performers, definitely looking to get into the touring scene here. Looking forward to adding some more gig dates in the fall (a few are already in the works), but here's one to add to the calendar: Exit Inn on August 30th!
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