With three self-produced albums of melodic and upbeat jazz instrumental music under his belt, Canadian jazz guitarist and composer, Roger Chong, is proving to be a new fan favourite in the North American jazz scene. Radio stations across the US and Canada, most notably CBC Radio and Jazz FM, have added Chong's music to their playlists and the late Canadian jazz legend, Archie Alleyne, suggested that this maybe because "Roger has found something that seems to be missing in the recording industry these days - sensitivity. As a guitarist he has captured the moods of one of our most romantic instruments.”
It is, therefore, no surprise that Chong and his band have kept themselves busy with a variety of performances over the past year, including a monthly residency at Toronto’s Gate 403 Bar & Grill, festival appearances, as well as corporate functions. Audiences who purchased CDs from these shows knew what they heard was exactly what they would get, as Chong was known to record his albums live off the floor with no overdubs and minimal takes.
Perhaps George Fendel from the Jazz Society of Oregon said it best when describing Chong’s music. "It seems that Chong and his quartet are in the game not to create a frenzy, but rather to charm us with an album of ear-friendly jazz."
Melodic, upbeat, bluesy and groovy – Chong’s music will certainly charm and bring a smile to everyone’s face.