Chris Bonner

Chris B.

Bronx, NY
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Upright Bass

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I've been playing in jazz ensembles, big bands, orchestras, country bands, etc, for more than 15 years. I will guide you to mastery on the upright bass through sound fundamental education and transcription.

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Chris delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 1998

I'm a bass player, educator, composer, arranger and band leader living in Brooklyn, NY, and am active in a diverse group of projects that include polka, jazz, classical, and commercial music. I've been teaching double bass and electric bass for 20 years, and have recently added synth bass to my lesson repertoire. I grew up playing orchestral music, jazz, and rock throughout high school, and attended NYU Jazz Performance program, from which I graduated in 2005. While there I studied with a variety of teachers including John Scofield, Mike Richmond, Billy Hart, and Ron McClure.

I've performed with a wide variety of acts, including The Lone Bellow, Grace McLean (Marya in Broadway's "The Great Comet of 1812"), Major Attaway (Genie in Broadway's "Aladdin"), Donnell James Foreman, (Broadway's "The Book Of Mormon"), and I'm currently the Musical Director for Melanie Penn and Porter and Sayles. I've appeared in performance on ABC's "The Chew" and "The Bachelor," and perform regularly with New York City's most renown Polka Band, The Polka Brothers.

I've thoroughly enjoyed working and growing as a musician, and I'm passionate about helping others do the same. I currently teach at NYU, as well as occasional programs at the Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan.

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Musical Director and Bass Player
Oct 2017 - Present
Melanie Penn

Playing bass, running rehearsal, building track, etc.

Musical Director and Bass Player
May 2016 - Present
Porter and Sayles

Building and running backing track, scheduling and running rehearsals, playing bass

Band Director
Oct 2015 - Present
New York University

I arrange music and direct performances for NYU's event bands.


Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance)
Sep 2001 - May 2005
New York University

Photos & Videos

Cover of Vulfpeck's "Fugue State."
Porter and Sayles @ The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg PA
Running the NYU Pep Band
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Andy H. Jul 25, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Andy loved his lesson and is excited for the next one! Thanks!

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