BM, Jazz Studies, USC Thornton School of Music
Upright and Electric Bass
Rolontz is a multifaceted professional bass player
(acoustic & electric), singer, composer and
arranger who maintains a busy performance schedule,
juggling a variety of ensembles alongside freelance
and session work. A Los Angeles native, Chris
holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies
from USC's prestigious Thornton School of Music
where he was mentored by one of the most indemand
jazz bassists on the west coast, Darek "Oles"
Oleszkiewicz. He also studied jazz performance/composition
with Alan Pasqua, Brazilian and AfroCuban music
with Aaron Serfaty, and jazz arranging with Jason
Goldman. Chris has previously served as a guest
clinician, rhythm section coach and improvisation
teacher for jazz students at the California Institute
of Technology in Pasadena.
has traveled throughout the United States playing
everything from jazz, western, bluegrass, folk
rock n' roll. He has been featured regularly as
a guest artist with the Metropolitan Master Chorale
under the baton of Mr. Glenn Carlos; most recently,
he toured the east coast as part of the Rock For
Human Rights campaign, during which he played
bass and provided backup vocals for Zimbabwe's
#1 pop star, Alexio Kawara.
an instructor, Chris' perspective is greatly influenced
by his experiences on the bandstand, helping his
students acquire the basic, essential tools they
need to be comfortable, competent, and flexible
discovering their own unique musical path.