One of the country's foremost woodwind artists, Chris Vadala is in demand as a jazz/classical performer and educator. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings to date, as well as innumerable jingle sessions, film and TV scores, performing on all the saxophones, flutes, and clarinets. A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he graduated from the Eastman School of Music, earning the honor of the Performer's Certificate in saxophone as well as a B.M. in Music Education, received an M.A. in clarinet from Connecticut College, and pursued postgraduate study in woodwinds at Eastman..
Professor Vadala, Director of Jazz Studies and Saxophone Professor, is a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland. Previous academic appointments include teaching studio woodwinds and conducting jazz ensembles at Connecticut College, Montgomery College, Hampton University, Prince George's Community College and Mount Vernon College, as well as Visiting Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music, 1995 and 2001.
Mr. Vadala's performing career has been highlighted by a long tenure as standout woodwind artist with the Internationally recognized Chuck Mangione Quartet, which included performances in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, Japan, Phillipines, China, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, England, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, and Switzerland, and performing credits on five gold and two platinum albums, plus two Grammy, one Emmy, one Georgie (AGVA) and one Golden Globe Award. In addition, he has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Joe Lovano, and many others. As of 2009, he became a regular member of the Award-Winning Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and has been the first call saxophonist with National Symphony Orchestra for many years.
As one of the Selmer Company's most requested Artist in Residence clinicians, Mr. Vadala travels worldwide, performing with and conducting student and professional jazz ensembles, symphonic bands, and orchestras. He has appeared with countless musical ensembles across the nation and Canada, and has conducted 46 All-State, 1 All-Eastern, as well as numerous All-County and All-District Jazz Ensembles. Mr. Vadala served three terms as President of the Maryland Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education, was a permanent member of its MD Executive Board (College Faculty Representative), and a Woodwind Representative to the International Resource Team. In 2009, he became a member of the Award-Winning Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra saxophone section.
Mr. Vadala's column on woodwind doubling appeared regularly in the Saxophone Journal for over 10 years, and he has authored articles for many other magazines. A Downbeat magazine poll finalist in four categories and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Study grant, he has published a number of original compositions and arrangements (Medici Music & Cimarron Music Press). His book, Improve Your Doubling (Dorn Productions) is acclaimed as a valuable addition to woodwind literature. In addition to his debut solo CD, Out of the Shadows (Amazon.com), (Art of Life Records), recent recording/publications include Jazz/Rock in the USA, Jazz Solos, Nothin' But Jazz, Jazz Adventures, Modern Jazz-Rock and R & B, and Fusion Solos (6 books with play-a-long CDs by dehaske/Curnow), as well as a contributions to Warner Brother's Approaching the Standards play-a-long improvisation series and Jazz Pedagogy (The Jazz Educator's Handbook and Resource Guide). He also has the honor of being included in a new publication, "The History of the Top 40 Sax Solos (1955-1998)."
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Artist: Phil Traynor Title: "Autumn Breeze" Lable/Year: Llarion, 2009
Artist: Dick Brewer Title: "Desert Flirt" Lable/Year: Omega, 2008
Artist: Chris Vadala, guest soloist Title: "Mighty Sounds of Maryland" Lable/Year: Opusrite, 2007
Artist: Cabio Frio Title: "The Best of Cabo Frio" Lable/Year: Kezia Productions, 2006
Artist: Don Lacquement Title: "Simeons Song" Lable/Year: Assembly Line Recordings, 2006
Artist: Pius XI HS Jazz Ensemble Title: "Movin" On" Lable/Year: Van Deusen Recordings, 2006
Artist: Prelude Title: "Christmastime in Washington" Lable/Year: Bias Recordings, 2005
Artist: James Hosay/Chris Vadala Title: "Modern Jazz Rock and R & B" Lable/Year: de haske Recordings, 2005
Artist: Set Theory Title: "Prime Form" Lable/Year: Caliente Jazz Recordings, 2005
Artist: James Hosay/Chris Vadala Title: "Jazz Adventures" Lable/Year: de haske Recordings, 2005
Artist: Ginny Carr Title: "After All These Years" Lable/Year: House Kat Records, 2005 Artist: Cabo Frio Title: "Island Dance" Lable/Year: Kezia, 2004
Artist: Chuck Mangione Quartet Title: "The Best of Chuck Mangione" Lable/Year: Columbia Recordings, 2004
Artist: James Hosay/Chris Vadala Title: "Nothin But Jazz" Lable/Year: de haske Recordings, 2004
Artist: Michael Fletcher Title: "Swingtown" Lable/Year: Swing Town Recordings, 2004
Artist: 2nd Story Band Title: "Blue Shades (World Beat Blues Fiesta)" Lable/Year: Blue Shades records, 2003
Artist: Paul Stock Title: "As Long As You Give Me Breath" Lable/Year: InterServe Recordings, 2003
Artist: Wayne Wilkinson Title: "Music from the Heart" Lable/Year: Wolf Productions, 2002
Artist: The Moments Title: "Great Moments of the Past and Present" Lable/Year: Sonority Records, 2002
Artist: James Hosay/Chris Vadala/ Vince DiMartino Title: "Just Jazz: solo and duet play-a-long series" Lable/Year: deHaske/Curnow, 2002