Chris Hunter

Chris HunterAfter a three-year stint in NYJO in the mid-70s, Chris rapidly established himself in London as a pre-eminent freelance saxophonist before joining renowned jazz composer, Mike Westbrook, and his All Star Brass Band and Cabaret.

This association led to an acclaimed debut record, Early Days, which introduced Chris to the London recording scene, where he was soon soloing on projects for artists as diverse as Incognito, Paul Weller and the Style Council, the Buggles, Sheena Easton, Kajagoogoo and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

He also enjoyed working with composers Richard Niles and John Altman, and co-founded the fusion band, Hubbard’s Cubbard, with which he toured and performed throughout the UK.

In 1983 he received a life-changing invitation from the late great Gil Evans to go to the US to join the now legendary Monday Night Orchestra.

Since then Chris has become one of the world’s leading journeyman sax players, featuring on a wide variety of music with artists such as Michael Franks, Robben Ford, Hiram Bullock, Jonathan Butler, the Manhattan Transfer, Flora Purim/Airto Moreira, Sting, Tania Maria and the Illinois Philharmonic.

He has also played lead alto, and been featured soloist, in many of the world’s major jazz orchestras including the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, the Gil Evans Orchestra, the Michel Camilo NY Big Band, the Mike Gibbs Orchestra and the WDR Big Band in Cologne.