CHRIS COVAIS

Jazz vibraphonist and composer

It’s hard to categorize Chris Covais’ music, but if there’s one word that fits best, it’s melodic. Although he doesn’t like being pigeonholed he does admit the melodic aspect is very important. “The first thing that drew me to music was the melodies. It is the basis for everything I play.” Whether speaking of Covais’ original compositions or his improvisations, it is clear that Chris Covais is one of the freshest young voices to emerge on the vibraphone in recent years. 

His music has many moods. Listening to it, one can’t help but hear such diverse influences as John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Burt Bacharach, the Grateful Dead, Sergio Mendes, and Booker T and the MG’s. But one thing is clear; when you hear it, you are aware you’re listening to an exceptional talent.

Chris began playing the drums at 3 years old, followed by piano lessons at 14. Covais picked up the vibes at 16 after being enamored with the Modern Jazz Quartet. Self-taught, he developed quite a unique approach to the instrument. While most of his generation has been influenced by Gary Burton, Covais has developed his own unique style with two and sometimes three mallets. 

Chris currently leads his own groups around New York City. He has performed with many notable artists such as Bernard Purdie, Chuck Mangione, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack Wilkins, James Cammack, Dominic Duval, and has played at well-known venues like the Blue Note, the Iridium, Smoke, Zinc Bar, Fat Cat, Kitano, and the Bitter End.