does it all. A celebrated saxophonist (sometimes even playing two at a
time), Chris’ additional proficiency with clarinet, flute, percussion
and guitar has placed his skills in high demand by some of Canada’s
leading music acts: Ron Hawkins
and the late Jeff Healey
have featured Chris in live gigs and recordings, while his work on the
K-OS CD Joyful Rebellion netted him two Juno Awards. Canada’s Sweetheart
of Swing, Alex Pangman, has
showcased Chris’ horn playing in several performances, while JAZZFM.91
radio personality Jaymz Bee is a long time fan and collaborator.
popular children’s TV program Max and Ruby features Chris’ sax
playing, along with a bouncy vocal duet with Canadian Jazz Diva Molly
Johnson, and Chris even taught Monk star Tony Shalub how to play clarinet
for an episode featuring country legend Willie Nelson.
2002, Chris released a solo album that brought both his playing and his
singing to centre stage. My Romance, a collection of 10 beloved Jazz
standards, featured the voice of a true crooner. Chris’ silky tenor,
heard previously on Healey’s song Dark Town Strutter’s Ball, soared
over classics like Mean To Me, Bye Bye Blackbird and Since I Fell For You.
The album’s rendition of Horace Silver’s Peace enjoyed heavy airplay
on Toronto’s JAZZFM.91
radio station, and helped redefine Chris as top-notch vocalist.
it’s live performance that is this artist’s first love. Having played
with such diverse acts, Chris draws on a massive repertoire of Jazz,
Blues, Funk, R&B and Pop as fuel for his high-octane show; the most
sedate of audiences often surprise themselves on the dance floor, inspired
by the performer’s energy and passion for the music he plays.
surprisingly, this has made Chris a sought-after performer at Toronto
venues like Top of The Senator, The Montreal Bistro, The Rex and The
Palais Royale. Two recent highlights were being selected as featured
vocalist for Harry Belafonte’s attendance at 2007’s Christian - Jewish
Federation Fundraiser at Toronto’s Royal York, and taking centre stage
at the Dusty Cole memorial in January 2008 at the Winter Garden Theatre.
a busy schedule for the recent father of twin boys, who also juggles
teaching music at a Montessori School with gourmet cooking and the
occasional game of hockey.
Healey Among Friends (2002), Adventures In Jazzland (2004), It’s Tight
Like That (2006), K-os Joyful Rebellion (2004), Atlantis: Hymns For Disco
(2006), Ron Hawkins The Secret Of My Excess (1996), Chemical Sounds
(2007), The Lowest Of The Low Sordid Fiction (2004), Shobha Lee Work In
Progress (2007), Barbara Lynch Take It A Day At A Time (1996), Jaymz
Bee’s Royal Jelly Orchestra Seriously Happy (2005), Serafin LaRiviere
2AM At The Torch Café (2005), Nothing Goes Quietly (2008). Glenn Anderson
Swingin’ The Blues (2003)
Plock is a talented multi-instrumentalist, a seasoned pro and easily one
of the best male jazz vocalists this country has ever produced!”-
Jaymz Bee JAZZ.FM91