Chaz Underriner


As a performer, Chaz plays classical, jazz, and experimental music written after 1925, primarily on electric guitar. In addition to leading his own jazz project, The Chaz Underriner Quintet, Chaz has collaborated with composers including Chaya Czernowin, Sofia Gubaidulina, Mark Applebaum, Michael Pisaro, Joseph Klein, Kirsten Broberg, Mike Winter, Mark Menzies, Josh Levine, Anastassis Philippakopoulous, Brent Farris, and Travis Weller, both as a soloist and in an ensemble setting. Chaz performed at REDCAT in Los Angeles during the Sofia Gubaidulina festival, in a chamber performance the LA Times critic Mark Swed declared “[was played with] focused abandon,” in the New Zealand in LA concert series, and as a part of Deep Camp Festival and Ostrava New Music Days festival in Czech Republic. Chaz also performed at the Laboratorium 2011 Festival in Antwerp, Beligum, with Austin New Music Co-op, at the wulf in Los Angeles, at the Dallas Contemporary, with the UNT Baroque Orchestra, NOVA Ensemble, and the Keith Karns Big Band.

Underriner Quintet Live at Timucua Arts Foundation

A concert of original compositions by Chaz Underriner performed by a quintet of musicians based throughout Florida. The quintet performs structured improvisations inspired by jazz, funk, blues, and folk styles. Recorded on August 13th, 2023 at the Timucua Arts Foundation in Orlando, Florida as a part of their International Guitar Festival.

Chaz Underriner, guitar / Dan Walters, bass / Carlos Martinez, keys / Garrett Wingfield, saxophone / David Weatherspoon, drums

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Session No. 1

Session no. 1 is the first EP by the Chaz Underriner Quintet, a group founded in 2022 as vehicle for Chaz’s new compositions inspired by jazz, funk, blues, and folk music. The EP consists of 4 tracks, each of which are original jazz compositions for the quintet.
Chaz Underriner, composition and guitar
Garrett Wingfield, saxophones
Carlos Martinez, keyboard
Dan Walters, bass
Colby Savary, drums
Recorded in Tinsley Hall, Stetson University July 9th, 2022
Destin Beaumont, audio engineer
Jodi-Ann Taylor and Connor Bradt, video and audio engineering
Chaz Underriner, mixing engineer and video editor

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Yuki Shuffle

I had a lot of fun making a video jazz jam (featuring my dog, Yuki) after classes went online in spring 2020. I recorded using a webcam, a dynamic mic, and Logic Pro X and did all of the audio and video editing inside of Premiere Pro.

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Performance on L.O.O.M.

I enjoyed playing some pieces for guitar/electronics/video and talking about my work on the streaming series with James Talambas in May.

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Jazz tunes on social media

Lonely Walk: Vacant Lot A chorus of ‘A Night in Tunisia’:

Ex Mus Ensemble – Album no. 1

An album of structured improvisations featuring Colton Lytle, Jolene Masone, and Chaz Underriner.  Continue reading →

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Michael Winter recording

At the Art Institute of Dallas’ Recording Studio, engineers Janel Trevino and Juan Espinosa (with direction from Douglas Holmes) helped me record Chorale and Finely Tuned Resonators for eight electric guitars by composer Michael Winter for his release on New World Records. Continue reading →

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Jazz at Grayson College

Performing jazz tunes with guitar student Tanner Duncan at Grayson College in 2016.

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EWR 1502

Chaz Underriner reinterprets Anastassis Philippakopoulos
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Performing “Landscape: Texas Plains”

In the studio at the UNT College of Music:

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