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About Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon is a professional musician who has spent the last 40 years performing, recording, composing, arranging, producing, publishing, or conducting music for advertisements heard on radio and television, theater stages, industrial films, recordings in the genres of R&B, big band, small-group jazz, and smooth jazz.


Tuscaloosa Horns

Chris is a co-founder of Tuscaloosa Horns with whom he has performed for over 40 years. They have been honored with a Bronze Star on the Alabama Music Hall of Fame’s Walk of Fame in Tuscumbia, Alabama. 

Chris regularly performs on piano and trumpet on stages across the US with The Tuscaloosa Horns.  They have also performed in Puerto Rico, the US and British Virgin Islands, Japan, Russia, The Czech Republic, Tunisia, and the Dominican Republic. They have accompanied Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and other recognizable notables, including:

The Temptations, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, The O’Jays, The Four Tops, The Spinners, Franki Valli & The Four Seasons, Gregg Allman, Wayne Newton, Jamey Johnson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Percy Sledge, Barry Manilow, B.J. Thomas, Kenny Rogers, The Impressions, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Ben E. King of The Drifters, Dennis Edwards & The Temptations Revue, The Dells, Bobby Rydell, Eddie Floyd, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, JoJo Benson, Lou Christie, Ruben Studdard, The Shangri-La’s, The Decoys, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, Regis Philbin, and many more.


Chris has arranged for:

The Temptations “Awesome” album – Motown Records –

“A Love I Can See” Horn Arrangement



Chris has performed on recordings for:

The Temptations - Awesome, (Motown Records); Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Music, (New West Records); Bruce Blackman - Moonlight Feels Right 2014; Lou Marini & The Magic City Jazz Orchestra - Lou’s Blues; Korona, (United Artists Records); and New South Jazz Orchestra.


Chris has written for:

San Gabriel 7 featuring Andrea Miller - Love is a Painful Thing (JRL-SGS Records, Los Angeles); San Gabriel 7 featuring Ingrid James & Bill Watrous - Lost My Heart, (JRL-SGS Records, Los Angeles); San Gabriel 7 featuring Ingrid James - Effervescence – Live at Steamers Jazz Club, Los Angeles; San Gabriel 7 - Crazy Notes, (JRL-SGS Records, Los Angeles); The Controllers - Clear View, (Malaco Records); and Allison Kyle - Walk the Talk, (Freedom Records).



Chris has published four college textbooks, including: 

Form and Content in Commercial Music, Rowan & Littlefield Publishing, 1992; Music: The New Curriculum, Stipes Publishing LLC, 1995; Music Through Time: An Appreciation of Music in Europe and America, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2006, 2007, 2012; and A Curious Mind: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Donald J. Shetler with Foreword by Dr. Will Schmid, MENC President 1994-1996, Christopher P. Gordon, 2012.

Chris has published compositions for jazz ensembles in the catalog of Kendor Music Publishing, Delevan, NY.

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