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Chris Codish

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Chris Codish
(Keyboards and Vocals)

Chris CodishChris started piano at the age of five. He studied at WSU with Detroit legends Matt Michaels (arranger for Barbra Striesand) and Rob Pipho. In 1994 he took over jazz-organist Bill Heid's spot in Johnnie Bassett and the Blues Insurgents. He toured Europe with Johnnie four times, recorded five CDs, served as unofficial musical director and, with his father Bob Codish, contributed over 15 songs to Johnnie's repertoire. Chris has also toured internationally with Larry McCray, and Lucky Peterson.

Chris has played on major label releases for Sponge ('Wax Ecstatic') and Thornetta Davis ('Sunday Morning Music'), and has performed or recorded with: Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Robert Bradley's Black Water Surprise, The Howling Diablos, Jill Jack, Susan Calloway, The Chisel Bros, Perry Hughes, The Reefermen, Black Beauty (featured on a BBC TV program), W.C. Handy Award winner Johnny "Yard Dog" Jones, Wendell Harrison, Dr. Prof. Leonard King (Oopapada), Dee Dee McNeil, Shahida Nurullah, International dance music producer Scott Grooves, and others too numerous to mention.

In 1997 Chris won a Detroit Music Award for "Blues Performer or Group Deserving Wider Recognition". In 1999 he won "Outstanding Blues Instrumentalist" and "Outstanding R&B/Urban/Funk Instrumentalist." In March of 2000, Real Detroit Weekly readers voted him "Best Keyboardist" in their annual "Best of Detroit" issue. In April of 2000 he won another Detroit Music Award for "Outstanding Blues songwriter". In March of 2001 Chris was nominated for four more Detroit Music Awards including "Outstanding Blues writer", "Outstanding Jazz writer", "Outstanding Blues Insturementalist", and "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist". He won "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" and "Outstanding Blues Writer."

His keyboard playing mixes up traditional jazz organ and piano, with a heavy dose of funk attitude, a deep understanding of the blues, and his own understated personal humor. His voice has been described as a mix of Mose Allison, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Harry Connick Jr. and Frank Zappa.

2002 Detroit Music Awards

*Outstanding Funk/R&B Group: The Brothers Groove
*Outstanding Funk Vocalist: Chris Codish
*Outstanding Funk Instrumentalist: Chris Codish
*Outstanding Funk/R&B Songwriter: Chris Codish
*Outstanding Blues Instrumentalist: Chris Codish

Chris can be reached at chris[at]

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