A Chris Olson Project...
Christopher Olson earned a masters degree in jazz studies/performance from the University of North Texas in 1995. He holds bachelors degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in jazz studies and music education/choral emphasis. A former guitar instructor at UW-Stevens Point and the Wausau Conservatory of Music, Chris taught guitar, jazz history and improvisation, and directed jazz ensembles at UW-Marathon County and Inver Hills Community College. He currently teaches in the guitar and music theory departments at McNally/Smith College in St. Paul, and teaches guitar lessons and jazz combos at MacPhail Center for Music. During the summer Chris is an instructor at the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Chris has shared the stage with artists such as Bob Mintzer, Louis Bellson, Terry Gibbs, Ira Sullivan, and Bobby Vinton. He has worked with Twin Cities bands led by Wain MacFarlane, Steve Millar, and Tim Mahoney, among others. He currently performs with the instrumental trio, Framework, and the quartet, Meantime, and continues to appear throughout the Midwest as a soloist and with groups of all sizes. "A Chris Olson Project" is a forum for Chris to perform with a range of other "top notch players," in various combinations, on the Black Dog stage, the Second Tuesday of each month.
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