Widely heralded as a gifted young player with a passionate sound, jazz guitarist Corey Christiansen took up the instrument at the age of five. Corey earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Utah State and a master’s degree in jazz performance from the University of South Florida. He maintains a very active international teaching and playing career. He first started coming to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in 1995 and won “Best Big Band Guitarist” that year. In 1996 he won back-to-back “Best Jazz Guitar Soloist.” Corey served as senior editor for Mel Bay Publications from 2000 to 2007 and has written or co-written more than 70 books for the company.
As well as maintaining his active touring schedule, he currently teaches full time at Utah State University and is a visiting professor at Indiana University. He has also been an artist in residence at the Atlanta Institute of Music since 2007. Corey has conducted countless guitar clinics and concerts across the country and beyond. He has also performed and/or recorded with many outstanding jazz artists including Jimmy Bruno, John Pisano, James Moody, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jamey Aebersold, Steve Houghton, Joe Negri, Chuck Redd, Christian McBride, George Duke, Danny Gottlieb and many others. Corey draws on the tradition of the masters and yet leans towards the future. He is well rooted in the tradition of the jazz language, but he is bluesy and gritty enough to keep the audience in the palm of his hand.