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Chris Madsen

Adjunct Lecturer, Jazz Saxophone

Chris Madsen

Courses Taught

  • MUS 159: Jazz Ensemble
  • MUS 160: Small Jazz Ensemble
  • MUS 180: Private Instrumental Lessons
  • MUS 181: Private Instrumental Lessons – 30 Minutes
  • MUS 280: Advanced Private Instrumental Lessons
  • MUS 312: Jazz Arranging I
  • MUS 313: Jazz Arranging II


Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Artist Diploma - Jazz Studies, the Julliard School


Saxophonist, composer, and educator Chris Madsen hails from the Chicagoland area. After graduating from DePaul University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies, he attended the Juilliard School’s Jazz Program in New York City, living and performing there for three years with such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Short, and Barbara Lea. In 2006, he moved back to Chicago and, in addition to leading his own groups at venues such as the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s, and the Chicago Jazz Festival, has also performed with many groups including the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Ron Perrillo quartet, and the Rob Parton, Tom Matta, Mulligan Mosaics, and Joe Clark big bands. He has released four albums under his name and been involved with countless other recording projects. Madsen is a published composer with Kendor Music Inc, Walrus Music, and the UNC Jazz Press and is an in-demand clinician for jazz groups of all ages.