CHRIS WHITELEY - Jesse RS
I immediately fell in love with the smooth tone and liquid feel of the pieces on my tenor. Broadening my experience by testing pieces on the rest of my horns, I was overjoyed to find a wonderfully consistent feel and tone to my personal sound from bari all the way up to my soprano. The exemplary quality of Theo Wanne mouthpieces was only matched by the fantastic quality of customer service I experienced in dealing with Patrick. The attention to detail and quality that goes into each moutpiece produced by Theo Wanne is mirrored by the attention to detail and service that I experienced in dealing with innovators behind the product. Infinite thanks goes out to the minds at Theo Wanne for helping to step my sound up to the next level.
With over two decades of performance experience, Chris’s arsenal of instruments has taken him to all seven continents as well as coast to coast across the United States. Having graduated high school with music honors and college with degrees in music education, composition and saxophone performance, Chris’s list of woodwind proficiency includes all saxophones, flute, clarinet & bass clarinet, bassoon, and Irish tin whistle. Adding to that list a working knowledge of piano, guitar, ukulele and accessory percussion, Chris has found his way onto the sub lists for such working artists as the Dave Matthews Tribute Band out of Atlanta, TAD Management out of Phoenix and Jessica Ryan out of Nashville.
Chris has had the pleasure of backing up such renowned artists as Judy Carmichael, Dale Kristien, Fabio Zini, and Melissa Manchester while delighting bar and dinner patrons with his featured smooth jazz solo set during his years as a cruise line entertainer.
Chris now makes his home in Denver where he is a founding member of Jesse RS, an upstart indie band allowing him to showcase his versatility across musical genres including rock, funk, folk, progressive and world music.
What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
Out of body, almost spiritual. In those instances where the combination of fluid performance and creative experimentation come together to form an indescribable atmosphere, it can be almost frightening how one can feel as if they're sharing a mind with the musicians they are surrounded by.
Do you have any fun stories of inspirational moments to share?
In the summer of 2014 I had the honor of touring Europe with the Dave Matthews Tribute Band, playing shows on various US military bases as part of Army Entertainment and Navy Entertainment. Aside from the obvious thrill and honor of having the chance to entertain those Americans who sacrifice so much for our country, I was truly touched by how universally apparent music really is. We must have entertained thousands of troops both, American and foreign, from all walks of life with innumerable differences. The humbling fact was, however, that in every place we went, people were excited to experience what we were able to bring them through the joy of music. My work, my career, my art was their taste of home - a two-hour vacation from the pressures of military life all made possible through music.