|Chris Nordman Band / Musicians
Keyboardist, Piano, Organ
Jazz / Blues / Motown / Classics
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|Chris Nordman plays Keyboards, Piano, Organ, Bass, and performs with his own band, and other bands in
Michigan, Florida, and surrounding areas. Coming from Classical roots (several years at Interlochen National
Music Camp performing on Piano, Organ, and 'Cello), staff organist at St. Hugo in the Hills Church in Bloomfield,
Choir Director at Fellowship United Methodist Church in Troy, MI, Chris became a top "on call" musician to back
many acts for shows in Michigan in the 1970's and 80's. He has lead the Chris Nordman Group since 1979,
playing thousands of events, shows and clubs. Loving Blues and Jazz, Chris is now frequently seen at locations
in Michigan and Florida, performing at venues throughout both states.
Chris Nordman, was born in Wyandotte, Michigan in 1956. His father,
Chuck Nordman, was a school music teacher, and also taught private
lessons on piano, trumpet, and other instruments. Chris started bugging
his dad to teach him at an early age.
By Age 6, Chris was playing piano at church and school recitals and talent
shows. He found a second love in string instruments, and became an
accomplished cellist, playing in several area symphony orchestras,
chamber music groups, and in the World Youth Symphony at Interlochen,
becoming 1st chair, and playing with Van Cliburn, and under Howard
Hanson and other great artists and conductors.
At 14, Chris became assistant Parish Organist at St Hugo of the Hills
Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. At 15, he became Organist and Choir
Director at Fellowship Methodist Church in Troy, Michigan, a position he
retired from at age 25. During this time, Chris wrote several
arrangements for small choral groups, as well as a collection of organ
At 17, Chris began playing Bass for the Eddie Santini Orchestra, and soon
became the keyboard player. Chris arranged several charts for this horn /
vocal band that played events across the Midwestern US.
After getting an engineering and management degree from General Motors
Institute in 1979, Chris went to work for Gail and Rice Productions, one of
the leading talent and show production agencies in the country. There
was plenty of work for a piano / keyboard player, and Chris played
thousands of gigs the next 13 years at clubs, and for corporate events,
weddings, and other events with his band, and as a sideman. He also
played many shows with greats like Bob Hope, Mel Torme, Della Reese,
and many other artists and comedy acts.
Since 1991, Chris and his wife, Lori, have run a successful national event
rental company. Chris gave up the musical limelight for many years,
devoting his time to the business, and family. Now, with the
encouragement of Lori, Chris is returning to playing with blues, rock, and
jazz bands in Michigan, as well as Florida, where they reside during the
As many will agree, all modern music comes from "the blues". Chris loves
playing the blues, with a style that infuses it with his years of classical
training, and playing jazz, standards, and commercial music. Chris has
stylistic traits that include introducing a bit of jazz into the blues with
passing tones, unusual chords, lightning runs and riffs, and dramatic
waves of sound. And, most of all - He loves what he does - enough so
that he shows up unannounced, and ends up playing with the house band.
His band mates call Chris many things: "Mister Jazzy Chords", Wacko,
"Count", "Doc", and other nicknames that shouldn't be mentioned here.
Most importantly, Chris strives to introduce a high level of energy and
commitment into all of his music. Coming to a town near you. Soon.