About Chris

Who he is, what he does.

Chris Parrish is a professional pianist, singer, composer and teacher. As a pianist, he prides himself on his virtuoso technique, power and breadth as an improviser. Speaking in terms of genre, his greatest passion lies not in any one style of jazz but in the components of Jazz music itself, outlined by legendary jazz drummer Jack Gilfoy:

The principals of Jazz:

  • an element of swing
  • an element of the blues
  • an element of improvisation

Given those ingredients, his capabilities as a pianist are equal parts emotionally vast and technically boundless.

Chris Parrish comes from a highly musical family. Although he hated the idea of formal piano lessons as a child, he took to teaching himself with obsessive determination. Originally from Indiana, he moved to St. Louis in 2017 to further his career in music. Both fiery and contemplative, his playing is often characterized by dramatic changes in mood and texture.

Chris currently resides in Chicago.