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Chris Carballeira

A native of Schoharie County, Chris Carballeira has been playing jazz on the Albany scene since his return in 2009. Having grown up in the presence of local greats like Lou Smaldone and Michael Louis Smith, Chris has turned to jazz fusion and funk in his most recent project: Groovestick. Touting a Hammond B-3 and Leslie 122, this new organ trio derives much of its inspiration from the late Jimmy Smith, as well as the modern sounds of Soulive, Medeski Martin and Wood, and Chris' teacher and life advisor Jeff Palmer.