Add a touch of class to your event with guitar music by Chris Vasi. Jazz standards, Cuban and Brazilian tunes, Popular favorites (Louis Armstrong, Beatles, Stevie Wonder), Holiday tunes, fingerstyle instrumentals, light Classical. Perfect for receptions, dinners, parties. Would you like Solo guitar, or a Duo (with upright bass), or a Trio (guitar/bass/drums). A consummate professional with a degree in music and over 20 years experience playing all kinds of events, Chris knows how to tailor a performance to fit the occasion.
They did an awesome job, but we had to cut the event very short due to some unexpected storms/rain
We had a very pleasant evening after our dinner reception. Chris was flexible and fluent in many styles, from Jazz to oldies. He is opened to our suggestions to enrich the program dedicated to my spouse's birthday. All our guests unanimously appreciated his performance, as well as his professionalism in rendering his task.
Chris seemed to know that his gypsy jazz trio would be perfect for our wine tasting event before I knew since I didn’t have much experience in this area. Boy was he right, they were a huge hit! He was also flexible enough to play outside since it was such a gorgeous day. I received so many comments from our crowd on how great they were! He was also professional and on time. Would definitely use him again and recommend him to anyone!
We so enjoyed having Chris and his band play at our annual picnic! They added a great atmosphere for socializing and activities with wonderful music in the background…everyone loved this new addition to our event!
Chris was amazing on every level! We look forward to booking him in the future!
Great to work with I would definitely recommend !
Chris was very easy to work with once we made contact with each other. He had some suggestions after I gave him more detail on the event. He was on time and professional. He provided background music for our birthday party. The music selection he chose and the performance were outstanding. Thank you, Chris.
Chris showed up on time and everything was perfect for our wedding ceremony music. Thank you so much Chris for helping make our special day amazing!
Chris is a wonderful musician.
Response from Chris Vasi Jazz Guitarist:
Thank you, Bonnie.
It was a beautiful wedding!
All the best to you and Dave!
I hired Chris to play a song by Aerosmith while I am praposing my girlfriend. He did a great job. My girlfriend loved it and she said Yes :) He had to drive for an hour to reach to the location I requested. I am really thankful to him. Great service and great music.
Chris' trio was perfect for our event. Very talented and upbeat musicians but not overpowering for our reception. We requested mainly Latin jazz and he delivered. Easy to communicate and very professional. Arrived way before he had to and by our request, started the gig earlier which really helped! Highly recommend. You will not regret booking Chris.
Chris was very easy to work with and excellent on guitar, will book again!
Chris and his trio played at a wedding reception we hosted for ~125 people on 5/13/17 at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Association. I personally loved the music, but also, we got MANY compliments on the band during and after the event. A highlight for us was that Chris and his group were able to add some Paul Simon songs to his playlist at our request, and those songs got lots of folks out on the dance floor.
Chris was a lovely person to work with. Our "Plan A" didn't work out for our wedding, so I approached Chris somewhat at the last minute. He didn't flinch. He was extremely professional and incredibly prompt in responding to my inquiries, including coordinating with one of my friends who was the vocalist at our wedding.
The music? Absolutely lovely. I could hear them play while I was waiting to walk down the aisle, and it was perfect for the venue-- so romantic. They nailed my processional (I came into 'What Are You Doing NYE?') and I'll always have a special place in my heart for that song now.
What can I say, Chris is awesome. He was extremely easy to work with, showed up ahead of schedule, and was able tailor his set based on the mood of the room. His ambient music provoked a positive energy throughout the event, in fact it made the event!
I booked Chris for a corporate event in April and was glad I did. He showed up ahead of time to make sure set up would be ready for the event, and was courteous and professional the whole time. He is a very talented guitarist and his music style was perfect for our event. We got many comments that the event was "first class" and I feel certain that having Chris there to play contributed to that. I would highly recommend booking Chris for your event. He was very flexible and accommodating to our needs, and his style works with many types of events. He was very easy to work with and I feel that we got really great value from his services.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 40 - 240 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Chris Vasi brings an easygoing virtuosity to his performances. His mastery of the guitar is the result of decades of musical obsession, study, and playing experiences. Chris is fluent in a variety of styles, including modern and vintage jazz, rock, funk, blues, and world music. He has recorded 12 CDs over the years, and played over a
thousand gigs from Canada to Florida, including clubs, colleges, and receptions. Vasi holds a bachelor’s degree in Music. His original compositions have been played by the Jazz Composers Alliance and his music has appeared in Guitar Player magazine. CDs include Moon Over Mars (solo acoustic instrumentals) and Vesuvius (jazz quartet).
Chris is available to perform in a number of different settings including solo, duo and trio.
The Vasi Jazz Duo adds just the right touch to any sophisticated upscale event as well as more intimate and
smaller venues. Guitar and upright bass combine for soulful, energetic jazz standards (modern and vintage) and
Cuban and Brazilian songs. A guitar/percussion duo is also available.
Chris Vasi as a solo guitarist draws from an impressive range of material, and plays a self-contained style often
keeping chords, bass line, and melody going simultaneously. Jazz solos (Joe Pass-style), reinterpretations of popular favorites, sweet bossa nova melodies, and inspired originals are all in the mix.
One thing that hasn’t changed over the decades is that people love to hear great guitar playing, and Mr. Vasi delivers!
Past Booked Events
|October 29, 2022 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|September 25, 2022 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||Festival|
|June 17, 2022 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm||Dinner Party|
|May 21, 2022 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Religious Celebration|
|March 19, 2022 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|December 15, 2021 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|September 19, 2021 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Festival|
|July 30, 2021 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Restaurant/Bar Event|
|July 22, 2021 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|February 07, 2020 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Studio Session|
|January 22, 2020 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|October 27, 2019 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Corporate Event|
|May 22, 2019 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|November 14, 2018 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Corporate Event|
|August 25, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday Party|
|June 30, 2018 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 29, 2018 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 20, 2018 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 20, 2017 • 9:00pm - 9:30pm||Personal Occasion|
|November 13, 2017 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Corporate Event|
|August 12, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|July 28, 2017 • 7:30pm - 10:00pm||Corporate Event|
|July 22, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Corporate Event|
|December 20, 2016 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Campus Event|
|April 12, 2015||Private Party|
|November 16, 2013||Wedding Ceremony|
What A Wonderful World
La Vie En Rose
You Are the Sunshine Of My Life
And I Love Her
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Is This Love? (Marley)
Jazz, Swing & Standards:
Antonio Carlos Jobim: Agua de Beber, Dindi, Favela, How Insensitive, Once I Loved
Duke Ellington: Caravan, It Don't Mean A Thing, Mood Indigo,
Prelude to a Kiss, Sophisticated Lady
John Coltrane: Equinox, Mr. PC, My Favorite Things, Naima,
Syeeda's Song Flute
Thelonious Monk: Epistrophy, In Walked Bud, 'Round Midnight,
Ruby My Dear
Django Reinhart: Limehouse Blues, Sweet Georgia Brown, Indifference, Tears
Ella Fitzgerald: Devil May Care, I'm Beginning to See the Light, Street of Dreams, Out Of This World, Lady Is a Tramp
Herbie Hancock: Cantaloupe Island, Chameleon, Watermelon Man
Wes Montgomery: Mellow Mood, Road Song, Willow Weep For Me
Charles Mingus: Fables of Faubus, Jump Monk
Count Basie: April In Paris, What Is This Thing Called Love
Dizzy Gillespie: Birk's Works, Things to Come
Frank Sinatra: Fly Me to the Moon, Witchcraft, Everything Happens to Me
John Scofield: Boozer, Hottentot
Miles Davis: All Blues, Freddie Freeloader
Charlie Parker: Groovin' High, Billie's Bounce
George Benson: Masquerade
Henry Mancini: Pink Panther
Paul Simon: Scarborough Fair, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Slip Sliding Away
Jazz Messengers: Dat Dere
Steely Dan: Deacon Blues, Everything Must Go, Home at Last, The Fez
Stevie Wonder: As, I Wish
Maceo Parker: The Chicken
The Beatles: Eleanor Rigby, Michelle, Sexy Sadie, Things We Said Today, Lovely Rita, You Won't See Me
Buena Vista Social Club: Guateque Campesino, Veinte Anos
Luiz Bonfa: Black Orpheus, Gentle Rain
10 Ten, Gypsy Waltz, Pop N Fresh, Wake Up
Reggae & Caribbean:
Bob Marley: Jammin', Stir It Up, Duppy Conquerer, Them Belly Full
Jimmy Cliff: Rivers of Babylon
....and many more ...