Chris Bergson - 92Y, New York

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Chris Bergson is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer and songwriter. Hailed as “the New York street poet with a blues soul” (MOJO) and “one of the most inventive songwriters in modern blues music,” (All Music Guide). Bergson is best known as the leader of the Chris Bergson Band. Elmore Magazine calls the Chris Bergson Band “one of the most talented bands playing today...From blazing rock to funk to soul to Delta blues and all that’s in between.” Bergson is also an accomplished sideman who has performed with luminaries across a wide range of genres including Pop/Rock (Norah Jones, Levon Helm) Blues/Soul (Hubert Sumlin, Bernard Purdie) and Jazz (Annie Ross, Al Foster and Matt Wilson.) The Chris Bergson Band’s 2007 album Fall Changes, recorded at The Band drummer Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, New York, was named MOJO Magazine’s Number One Blues Album of the Year in 2008. Bergson was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame as a Master Blues Artist in 2015.

Notable past performances include:
Moulin Blues (Holland), Groningen Rhythm & Blues Night (Holland), Cahors Blues Festival (France), Salaise Blues Festival (France), GeVarenwinkel Festival (Belgium), Swing Wespelaar (Belgium), Burlada Blues Festival (Spain), Harvest Time Blues (Ireland), Blues in Hell (Norway), Leicester Blues Festival (UK), Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland, OR), Saratoga Jazz Festival (NY), Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles (Woodstock, NY), River to River Festival (NYC), Joe’s Pub (NYC), The Blue Note (NYC), Jazz Standard (NYC), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), SXSW (Austin, TX), and opening for B.B. King and Etta James at B.B. King’s Blues Club (NYC).

Bergson endorses McCurdy Guitars and Blackstar Amplification. Bergson has been on the faculty of the 92Y School of Music since 2009 where he teaches guitar, coaches jazz ensemble and serves as the music mentor for the Recanati-Kaplan Scholarship for the Excellence in the Arts program.

Read more about Chris Bergson on his website ( and his Wikipedia page (

This instructor is currently teaching the following classes:

Jazz Ensemble