Guitarist Corey Christiansen brings musical talents to Ballantyne stage
On Saturday, November 20, Kirkwood Community College features another well-known jazz artist in their fall Performing Arts series. Jazz guitarist Corey Christiansen performs at 7:30 p.m. in Ballantyne Auditorium along with CR Jazz and the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble. The evening’s performance is under the direction of Instrumental Jazz Director Dr. Timothy Feldkamp.
Christiansen grew up with jazz music, spending his younger years learning from his father, a leading guitar professor at Utah State University. Along with performing and recording, the younger Christiansen is the lead guitar instructor at Utah State and a part-time guitar instructor at Indiana University.
For seven years, Christiansen was the senior editor and main guitar clinician for Mel Bay Publications. During those years, he gave many clinics and performances, developing a large fan base worldwide. Christiansen’s music uses traditional jazz mixed with the blues.
Christiansen has performed throughout Europe, South Africa and Australia, with some of his performances at festivals and venues including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; the St. Louis Jazz Festival and many others. He has performed or recorded with other jazz artists including Jimmy Bruno, John Pisano, James Moody, Chuck Redd, Sid Jacobs, Jack Wilkins, Christian McBride, George Duke, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danny Gottlieb and dozens more.
A recent review of Christiansen’s recording “Roll With It” in Downbeat said, “This album has a homey feel…Nothing fancy, nothing ornate – the music conveys an ease that’s pleasing to the ears.” In another review, All About Jazz stated, “…Corey Christiansen has arrived with one of the most satisfying soul-jazz recordings of the year.”
Tickets for the November 20 Instrumental Jazz Concert featuring Corey Christiansen are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with a current ID. Kirkwood students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge. For advance tickets, please call (319) 398-5899 ext. 4331.