Chris Bullock

Chris Bullock


Chris Bullock is a tenor saxophonist and a part of the Snarky Puppy horn section.

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Chris Bullock is a musician that you can find in all sorts of musical worlds. Originally from the South, Chris found his early love for music nurtured by church music, piano lessons, and the Beach Boys. The clarinet and electric guitar both entered into his adolescent life around the same time. After a couple of years of long-haired garage bands, Chris stumbled onto a nightly late-night radio jazz broadcast. It was also around the same time he became obsessed with playing the saxophone.

This obsession has grown over his professional career eventually awarding him two Grammy Awards. Performing music has enabled Chris to travel and perform in front of audiences in over 50 countries at venues ranging from grand concert halls to underground speakeasy’s. Chris has been a long-time member of the multi-genre ensemble Snarky Puppy. With this band, he has recorded multiple albums and performed at many of the major festivals and stages around the globe.

Recent musical ventures can find Chris performing saxophone, clarinet, flutes, and synths. His interest in hip-hop and electronic music has pushed him into exploring new creative ventures that include dj’ing, beat making, and production.

Chris Bullock has maintained an active emphasis on education throughout his career. He served as an adjunct Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Texas-Arlington for two years. He has also presented clinics and masterclasses at high schools, conservatories, and universities across North and South America, Europe, and even Cuba.

A list of some of the artists Chris has performed and/or recorded with include David Crosby, Lalah Hathaway, Charlie Hunter, Phish, Soulive, Ari Hoenig, Jeff Coffin, John Ellis, Banda Magda, Carlos ‘Maraca’ Valle, Carlos Malta, and the Metropole Orkest. Chris received his BM from East Carolina University and his MM from Michigan State University. 


Go to 4:30 in the video to hear Chris talk about his various pedals and hear some examples of how he uses them.

Gear that Chris is using (on this particular show):
- Way Huge Super Puss
- MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay
- MOOG Ring Modulator
- MXR Sub Machine
- MXR Reverb
- MXR M135 Smart Gate

Chris and the other members of Snarky Puppy endorse MXR/Dunlop products.