August 11, 2020
Chris Alcaraz has been playing music since his four-year-old fingers first held a violin. He learned to play guitar at seven, electric bass at eight and double bass at nine. Chris attended Arizona State University on a Jazz scholarship and played double bass in the University Symphony.
After graduation, he moved to Austin where he met Texas Tornado Ernie Durawa. Ernie introduced Chris to pianist Wiley Cousins and after a couple of Scandinavian tours, the band relocated to Finland. Chris recorded his first solo album with the group and moved to London, where the singles "Anne" and "To Your Heart" received national airplay on BBC Radio 2. 
Returning to the States, Chris formed his own band and was introduced to teaching by his early mentor Bud Dimock, who also taught jazz giants Grant Geissman and Stanley Jordan. 
In addition to various touring and recording projects, Chris currently serves as Bassist, Vocalist and Musical Director for DURAWA with Ernie Durawa and Will Knaak (Blue October) at El Mercado in South Austin. A different guest artist each week has helped to keep their Tuesday night residency gig interesting for seven years. DURAWA is currently working on a new album release due out later this year.