Chris Welch: Ensembles

Chris Welch's ensembles have an enormous repertoire and play a variety of musical styles - swing, jazz, funk, reggae, Latin, classical, and more. Groups are comprised of the most versatile, experienced and fun professional musicians in the Northwest. The Chris Welch Ensemble plays festivals, club dates, recording sessions, corporate events, parties, weddings and receptions.

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Partial Client List: Microsoft (many departments), University of Washington (many departments), Full Moon Event Productions, Convention Services Northwest, Cabaret Productions, Group Health Cooperative, Passages Northwest, Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, Benaroya Hall, ACT Theater, Professional Entertainment Consultants, hundreds of private parties, churches, weddings and receptions...

Partial List of Puget Sound Area venues where Chris and his ensembles have played: Washington Athletic Club, Seattle Tennis Club, Seattle Yacht Club, Paramount Theater, McCaw Hall, The Kingdome, Puyallup Fair, Rainier Club, Union Station, Sorrento Hotel, Seattle Sheraton, Westin Hotel, Maydenbauer Center, World Trade Center at Pier 66, Lake Union Café, Shilshole Beach Club, Court in the Square, Pro Club (Bellevue), Washington Convention and Trade Center, Columbia Tower Club, Odyssey Maritime Museum, University of Washington (Meany Theater, HUB Ballroom, Brechemin Auditorium, Faculty Club, several smaller event spaces), several community colleges, The Ruins, Stimson Green Mansion, Bite of Seattle, Fremont Fair, Taste of Tacoma and scores of similar festivals, Pioneer Square Clubs (Fenix, Fenix Underground, Doc Maynard's, Central, Bohemian, New Orleans...), Starbucks (many locations), Crossroads Music Stage, Third Place Books, Salty's on Alki, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Waterways Cruises, The Skansonia, Tula's, private homes/private parties, coffeehouses, music clubs, churches, restaurants, event spaces...

Quotes from letters of recommendation:

"Chris was a pleasure to work with.   He was extremely professional and amenable to all of our suggestions and helped provide a beautiful atmosphere and flow for the evening.   Many of our patrons made a point of commenting to us how excellent they found our music choice to be.  I would highly recommend the Chris Welch Trio to any organization or individual that wants to set their event apart with the accompaniment of a professional and exceptional jazz band."

"We were so pleased to book Chris Welch, having previewed his music and visited his web site.   Chris was so pleasant and extremely professional.   He immediately knew the type of music that would work to set the scene.   He is a versatile and talented musician.   The [music] he played from a seemingly endless repertoire added just the right touch.   I would love to be able to have him perform again for our members. I highly recommend Chris Welch's versatility, talent and professionalism to organizations seeking special event entertainment."

"Chris was able to listen to our vision of our [wedding] ceremony and the mood and tone we wanted the evening to convey. We were able to tap into his vast musical talents by collaborating and creating an evening filled with classical and traditional music coupled with contemporary and stylish songs. It was just what we envisioned and Chris was able to ensure that our special night was accompanied by special music. I would highly recommend Chris Welch. His musical expertise combined with his good natured and compassionate personality makes him a wonderful musician to add that special element to your special day."

"My experience with Chris has been--and continues to be--exceptional.   His musicianship and musicality is superb, his manner professional. I've had opportunities to hear him in a variety of genres including jazz, classical, and popular.   I especially enjoy his original solo piano instrumentals. He brings a sensitivity to the many different environments in which I've asked him to play. I continue to call on him because he enjoys what he does and we hear that in his playing. He is a terribly pleasant, gifted musician. You'll be happy you called him."

Sample Set Lists


CHRIS WELCH TRIO Jazz trio demo (mp3) Traditional jazz trio: Jazz standards, American Songbook - parties, wedding receptions, background music, swing dancing... Piano/bass/drums

CHRIS WELCH ENSEMBLES Variety demo (mp3) Duos/trio/quartets, including: piano, keyboards, electric and acoustic bass, steel string, nylon string and electric guitar, tenor and soprano saxophones, and vibraphone. Instrumental rock, jazz, funk, reggae, Latin, new age...