Chris Frye – piano

Chris Frye pianist with LJO

Chris Frye is originally from Ohio and studied music at Capital University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a pianist, he has had the opportunity to perform with many artists including Kurt Elling, Sunny Wilkinson, Clark Terry, Marvin Stamm, Tom Scott, Cozy Cole, Roland Vasquez and many others. He has been a member of LJO since 1986 and performs frequently with area groups at restaurants, clubs and for private occasions. He is currently Professor of Music Theory at UW-La Crosse where he coordinates the music theory program and teaches courses in theory, aural skills, composition, music technology, orchestration, counterpoint and form and analysis.

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The La Crosse Jazz Orchestra is Western Wisconsin's premier big band. Directed by Greg Balfany, the group is best known through its Jazz in the Park concert series. The LJO mission: to promote, preserve and forward the creation of jazz music through free live performances available to all in our region. LJO operates under fiscal sponsorship from La Crosse Community Foundation.