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Chris Vadala is Director of Jazz Studies/Saxophone Professor and a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. An alum of the internationally acclaimed Chuck Mangione Quartet, with performing credits on five gold and two platinum albums, plus two Grammy, one Emmy, one Georgie (AGVA) and one Golden Globe Award. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings, as well as innumerable jingle sessions, film soundtracks and TV scores, performing on all the saxophones, flutes, and clarinets.

As one of the Selmer Company's most requested Artist in Residence clinicians, Mr. Vadala travels worldwide, performing with and conducting student and professional jazz ensembles, symphonic bands, and orchestras. His book, Improve Your Doubling (Dorn Productions) is acclaimed as a valuable addition to woodwind literature. In addition to his debut solo CD, Out of the Shadows , (Art of Life Records), his new quartet CD, Eastern Standard Time (Art of Life Records ) was recently released. He has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, New York Voices, Frankie Valli, Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross, Michael Feinstein, Patti LaBelle, Kendrick Lamar, and many others. In 2009, he became a member of the Award-Winning Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and has been the first call saxophonist with National Symphony Orchestra and NSO Pops Orchestra for many years. He has conducted one All-Eastern and 49 All-State Jazz Ensembles.

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MSV 28572 Ghost Dialogues