Chris Riggenbach

Artist Affiliate: Jazz Bass Instructor


Chris Riggenbach has over 20 years of performance experience on double bass and electric bass. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from Georgia State University. He has studied jazz bass with Neal Starkey and Robert Dickson and classical bass with Dee Moses (Florida Orchestra), Thomas Thoreson (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), and Ralph Jones (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Chris studied electric bass with Russ Rodgers.

Chris is an active musician and teacher in the Atlanta area. He has performed with Gary Motley, Ted Howe, Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Vecinos del Mundo (led by Jerry Fields), Jose Garcia, Audrey Shakir, Gwinnett Symphony Jazz Orchestra, Gwinnett Symphony Wind Orchestra, Gordon Vernick, Gavin Ahearn Trio, The Macon Pops Orchestra (directed by Matt Catingub), Raphael Imbert, Jazz Legacy Big Band, Tempest Little Big Band, Marcus Lewis, Karla Harris, and the 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra. Chris has also performed with chamber orchestras in the Atlanta area.

For 10 years, Chris played double bass and electric bass in show bands and jazz trios on cruise ships around the world. In 2010, he performed with the Josh Lawrence Jazz 3 at the Sopot Molo Jazz Festival in Sopot, Poland and at the jazz club, Piwnica pod Baranami, in Krakow, Poland. Other performance credits include the musicals, “The Sound of Music”, “Dreamgirls”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “Bonnie and Clyde”, and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Chris can be heard on Josh Lawrence’s CD, “One Night inAtlanta” as well as CDs by The Emory Jazz Faculty, Gavin Ahearn Trio, and the 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra.