Archive for August 6, 2014


Chris Standring’s extensive background in studying and playing classical and jazz guitar during his formative years has inspired melodic and harmonic possibilities throughout his career. The guitarist grew up in the small town of Aylesbury in England, later studying at London College of Music (where he played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and received a Fellowship Diploma) and writing music for the BBC before moving to Los Angeles in 1991. After establishing himself on the competitive local contemporary jazz scene with extensive club gigs, he hooked up with Rodney Lee.

In 1996, Standring honed in on the R&B driven jazz sound that would become his trademark, while working with Lee under the name Solar System on their acid jazz oriented self titled album. In 2008 Standring started his own record label Ultimate Vibe Recordings and since established himself as a popular mainstay in the contemporary urban jazz genre with infectious hits like “Cool Shades” (from 1998’s “Velvet”), “Hip Sway” (title track from his 2000 album), “Ain’t Mad Atcha” (2003’s “Groovalicious”), “I Can’t Help Myself” (from 2006’s “Soul Express”), “Love & Paragraphs” (from 2008’s “Love & Paragraphs”) and “Oliver’s Twist” (from 2012’s “Electric Wonderland”). Standring also has pushed his muse into offbeat and ultimately successful ventures like “Blue Bolero” (whose single “Bossa Blue” was the #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Track of the Year).

Chris Standring returned in March 2014 with another musical left turn with “Don’t Talk, Dance!” – A deep European progressive soul-jazz-dance influenced project featuring the best funk and soul studio musicians in Los Angeles. Drawing on 70’s style funk and soul inspiration, Chris raises the bar once again with an album that is impossible to sit still to. The first radio single “Sneakin’ Out The Front Door”, features Chris on guitar talkbox, and reached the #1 at the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs Chart.

Here you can order your exclusive hotel package:
1 night (11./12./13. Sept. 2014) incl. breakfast & 2 concerts: from 129,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights (11.-14. Sept. 2014) incl. breakfast & 7 concerts: from 439,00 Euro per person in a double room


Music, Wine and Literary Festival featuring live performances by Jazz Great Marcus Johnson, the Rudy Gonzalez Latin Band, Soulful Rock Singer Beverly McClellan, Brazilian sensation The Donvonte McCoy Quintet and much more. A partnership with the District of Columbia government, FloWines, LLC and area businesses, FLOFest DC will offer delicious wines, international food and an author’s pavilion. Enjoy specialty wine & food tastings and celebrity chef demos. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a Lobor Day celebration you won’t forget!

For Tickets, Vendors and Sponsorships, visit WWW.FLOFESTDC.COM.

Monday, September 01, 2014 – 12:00 – noon

St Elizabeths E Gateway DC, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032