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Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Chris Mickel is a versatile saxophonist. Equally at home in jazz and classical music, he has a wealth of experience in classical chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, and rock and popular groups.
Mickel’s current performance activity is highlighted by his work with his jazz quartet, C2J2, whose repertoire includes original compositions as well as historical renditions of great jazz recordings including John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. Based in Chris’s home town, the group recently released their first CD, C2J2.
An active performer, Mickel’s recent solo performances include appearances at the National North American Saxophone Alliance, Regional North American Saxophone Alliance, Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra, and Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States. He has appeared with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and has performed with numerous college and professional jazz ensembles. Chris is a Performing Artist for Barkley Mouthpieces and Gonzalez Reeds.
Mickel holds a doctorate in saxophone performance from West Virginia University; a master’s degree from the University of Louisville; and a B.S. in music education from West Virginia University. He has studied saxophone with renowned teachers including Michael Ibrahim, David Wright, John Moore, and Michael Tracy.