Chris Jisi

Chris Jisi is a New York City-born and based professional bassist and music journalist. Raised in a musical family, Chris tried violin and guitar before settling on acoustic bass in school and bass guitar at home, while in the 7th grade. Graduating York College in Jamaica, Queens with a degree in Jazz Performance and Studies, Chris gained experience in local dance bands. His recording credits range from Shaggy’s 2000 platinum album Hot Shot to the soundtrack of the 2009 hit movie Bride Wars. On the music journalism side, he had his first piece (an interview with bassist Lincoln Goines) published in Guitar Player magazine in 1982. He continued to write about bass players for Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, Drums & Drumming and other music publications until landing a staff writer position with Bass Player magazine upon its inception in 1990. He spent the next 28 years interviewing a who’s who of bassists in all styles (over 350 in all), eventually serving as BP’s Editor in Chief from 2014 to 2018. Along the way, he released two collections of his interviews, Brave New Bass, in 2003, and The Fretless Bass In In 2008. He also served as Artistic Director of Bass Player’s annual live event, Bass Player LIVE!, from 1998 to 2017. In addition, he created and hosted a dozen episodes of the interview show Inside Tracks on Brian Bromberg’s former internet radio station, Bass on the Broadband, and he is the artist consultant/assistant producer of the instructional app, Bass Guru.