(Keyboards and Vocals)
Chris 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
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,
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]thebrothersgroove.com