Chris Bates

Chris Bates is a creative and forward thinking musician who has carved out a unique niche for himself over a 30 year career as a bassist, composer, educator and collaborator. From freelance work with touring jazz artists (Lee Konitz, Mose Allison, Lynne Arriale), to studio work with singer / songwriters (David Huckfelt, Pushing Chain, Lynne Peterson), and continuous collaboration with high profile bands (Atlantis Quartet, Red Planet, Framework) Chris’ career reflects his broadly diverse interests and aspirations. Additionally Chris leads his own groups which include the Good Vibes Trio, Chris Bates Trio, Acoustic Concussion and his award winning, 7-piece ensemble, RED 5. Chris received a McKnight Composers Fellowship in 1999 and a McKnight Performers Fellowship in 2015 with Atlantis Quartet.

As leader

Weights and Measures


Small Wonders

The Garden


Tall Tales

Red Planet with Bill Carrothers

Intermodal Blues


Taller Tales

Cognitive Dissonance