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Some things are just meant to be. The pairing of Kansas City-native Chris Hazelton with the Hammond B-3 Organ is one such instance. Having grown up playing both bass and piano, the switch to the instrument that combines both rolls came naturally. Under the tutelage of organ jazz master Everette DeVan and the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chris has developed into an artist possessing a potent mixture of tradition and groove combined with adventurous improvisation and forward-thinking compositional skills.
Hazelton’s working trio consists of guitar-phenom Danny Embrey and drummer Kevin Frazee, mainstays of the Kansas City jazz scene and beyond. The trio’s 2012 album “Peregrination” was released on the Artists Recording Collective and received steady radio play on several stations across the United States.
Chris has lived and performed in New York City, but again calls Kansas City his home.