Chris PistorinoChris Pistorino is a Brooklyn and Philadelphia based upright and electric bass player. He performs in many various styles of music including straight ahead jazz, swing, early/trad jazz, classic blues and R&B, country as well as orchestral music. Chris entertains audiences throughout the week as co-leader of the popular jazz group Lapis Luna, and as a founding member of the rousing early jazz and swing band The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn. He is also the booking coordinator for The Blue Vipers and co-founder of the ultra hip music booking company Melodyville.

He travels regularly up and down the east coast performing concerts, festivals, swing dances and private parties.  He has toured America and Europe playing festivals and teaching master classes and seminars. All of Chris’s upcoming live performances are listed on his facebook page.

As an occasional member of the double bass section of several local community orchestras Chris has had the pleasure of performing timeless works from Bach to Bartok as well as contemporary classical compositions. Chris has had the good fortune to perform with Grammy Award winners Norah Jones, Steve Miller, and Tom Jones, as well as Jane Monheit, Barry Harris, Junior Mance, Bobby Sanabria, Grant Green, Jr., and Billy Harper. Chris is a graduate of The New School of Jazz in NYC, where he was educated by accomplished musicians such as Reggie Workman, Buster Williams, Andy McKee, Lisle Atkinson, Henry Martin, Jr. Mance, Gary Dial, Bobby Sanabria and Arnie Lawrence. He has had the honor of studying privately for over five years with John Schaeffer, retired Principal Bassist of the New York Philharmonic.

To date as a co-leader Chris has recorded two albums with his band Lapis Luna. The debut album of swinging standards Take Love Easy and the holiday album Snowbound are available on CDBaby and iTunes. He has also recorded three rockin’ albums with The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn. Good Night Harry, Forty Days and Forty Nights, and Permanent Magic which are also available on CDBaby and iTunes.

Chris’s main performance instrument is a New Standard Cleveland Model Upright Bass built by American luthiers Arnold Schnitzer and Wil De Sola. He currently favors Pirastro Evah Pirazzi strings.