A versatile performer in many genres of music, Chris Earley has spent the last several years working as a freelance musician and educator throughout the Midwest, Northwest and now the Northeast United States. Before moving to Central New York in 2003, he was finishing his M.M. in Jazz Performance at Western Michigan University where he had the opportunity to study with the legendary jazz drummer Billy Hart. While in Michigan, he had the opportunity to perform with many jazz musicians including Xavier Davis, Eliane Elias, John Abercrombie, Fred Hersch, and several others. He can also be heard on a number of recordings, which include Jamie Shews The Answers are You and also on In Times Shadow with the Holland/Dobbins Big Band. In addition to his performing, Chris Earley is an active educator and is currently the Instructor of Music at Herkimer County Community College.