Mr. Chris Severin is an amazingly talented, versatile, and accomplished master-musician from the Treme area of New Orleans.
He graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) in 1976 during its adolescence and later attended Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) for music education.
The greats Alvin Baptiste, Ellis Marsalis, and Walter Payton were all a part of Mr. Severin’s musical training.
A skilled teacher himself, Mr. Severin believes in and promotes consistent practice as the path to a musician’s success and pay off. His daily discourse often details music history, theory, and fundamentals.
In the business for over 30 years, Mr. Severin’s extensive client list includes many of the world’s most gifted singers and musicians including: Diane Reeves, Dr. John, Terrence Blanchard, Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Lou Rawls, Alvin Batiste, Herlin Riley, Victor Goines, Irma Thomas and Kent Jordan.
Mr. Severin has played his seven string bass across the globe and is a frequent flyer for the top jazz recording companies such as Blue Note, Rounder, MCA, and Windham Hill Records.
He is a member of BMI, the co-owner of Chrisan Music, Lead Engineer at the Box Studios- Studio A, prior member of Windjammer, Vietnam, Allen Toussaint band, and holds several sponsorships including Schecter Guitars and DR Strings.
Mr. Severin’s universal sound sets him apart. He plays seven-string and acoustic bass for all genres of music including R&B, jazz, and hip-hop.
In his capacity as faculty member, Mr. Severin provides music, media arts, and jazz instruction, for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA).
He also continues to provide private lessons on everything bass and is a teacher during the Sunday Youth Music Workshop at Tipitinas.
Mr. Severin is currently working on the Chris Severin Project and has the following list of projects he has contributed to:
Barbershop (2002), Next Friday (2000), and Make It Funky! (2005)
1986, Orchid in the Storm, Aaron Neville, Bass
1988, Bayou Magic, Alvin Batiste, Bass
1988, Steppin' Out, David Torkanowsky, Guitar (Bass), Bass
1990, Orleans Inspiration, Henry Butler, Bass
1992, Goin' Back to New Orleans, Dr. John, Bass, Rhythm Section
1992, I Remember, Dianne Reeves, Bass
1992, Louisiana Love Call, Maria Muldaur, Main Personnel, Bass (Electric), 6-String Bass
1992, True Believer, Irma Thomas, Bass (Acoustic), Bass
1994, Quiet After the Storm, Dianne Reeves, Bass
1994, Super Tight..., UGK, Bass
1995, But... Beautiful, Lillian Boutté, Bass
1995, Jazzabelle, Maria Muldaur, Bass
1995, Let Them Talk, Davell Crawford, Bass (Electric), Guitar (Bass), Bass, 6-String Electric Bass
1995, Louisiana Spice,Bass (Electric)
1995, The Verdict, Johnny Adams, Bass (Electric)
1995, Till the Night is Gone: A Tribute to Doc Pomus,Bass
1995, Time for Love, Phillip Manuel, Bass
1996, Amadee, Amadee Castenell, Bass, Composer
1996, Connected, Allen Toussaint, Bass
1996, Ridin' Dirty, UGK, Bass
1996, Sounds of New Orleans, Rene Netto, Bass
1996, Through the Eyes of a Child, John Boutté, Bass
1996, World of Crime, Face Forever, Bass (Upright), Guitar (Bass)
1997, A Celebration of Blues: Great Louisiana Blues,Bass
1997, A Celebration of Blues: The Great Singers, Vol. 2,Bass
1997, Fish Ain't Bitin', Corey Harris, Bass
1997, New Orleans Blues Party,6-String Bass, Bass
1998, Blue Box, Vol. 2: Finest Jazz Vocalists,Bass
1999, Afro Blue [Blue Note],Bass
1999, Essential Blues, Vol. 3,Bass
1999, Sax Dreams, Amadee Castenell, Main Personnel, Bass Instrument, Bass
2000, Jamillennium, Jamil Sharif, 7-String Bass
2001, If You Want It, Come and Get It, Irma Thomas, Bass (Acoustic)
2002, The Best of Dianne Reeves, Dianne Reeves, Bass
2003, Jump Blues, Deacon John Moore, Bass
2003, Pure Groove: The Classics,Composer
2003, The Spirit Within, Rick Sebastian, Bass (Acoustic), Bass
2003, Tigers Above Tigers Below, Ellis, Bass (Acoustic)
2004, Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans,Bass
2005, 3D, Donald Harrison, Bass
2005, A Celebration of New Orleans Music to Benefit the Musicares Hurricane Relief,6-String Bass
2005, Christmas Prayer, Aaron Neville, Bass (Upright)
2006, Creole Love Call, Nils Landgren / Joe Sample, Main Personnel, Bass (Acoustic), Bass (Upright), Vocals (Background)
2006,Dance Classics: The Ultimate Collection [Universal International],Composer
2006,From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: Madison Square Garden Concert,Bass
2006,Girl Authority, Girl Authority, Bass
2007,City of Dreams: A Collection of New Orleans Music,Bass, 6-String Electric Bass
2007,Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino,Bass
2007,Marsalis Music Honors Series, Bob French, Main Personnel, Bass Instrument, Bass
2007,Road Trip, Girl Authority, Bass
2009,The Soul Queen of New Orleans: 50th Anniversary, Irma Thomas, Bass
2011,New Life, Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Bass
2011,French Riviera Cafe, Vol. 3, Composer
2013,Watch Him Work, Clarence Johnson III, Bass
Contact Mr. Chris Severin at StudioA@LeaseTheBox.com