BM, Jazz Studies, USC Thornton School of Music
Upright and Electric Bass
Chris 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 in demand jazz bassists on the west coast, Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz. He also studied jazz performance/composition with Alan Pasqua, Brazilian and Afro Cuban 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.
Recent/Current Career Events
Chris has traveled throughout the United States playing everything from jazz, western, bluegrass, folk and 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.
As 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 musicians discovering their own unique musical path.