background Chris Minh Doky was born in Copenhagen, Denmark
on February 7, 1969 in to a musical family. His Danish mother is
a former successful pop singer, his Vietnamese father is a
medical doctor and an accomplished classical guitarist and Chris'
brother set out to be a musician at a very early age.
Although growing up in a musical household Chris never intended
to become a musician. Just for the pure fun of it he started
playing the classical piano at age six. In the next few years to
come he received three awards at the Royal Danish Conservatory
for Classical Music. At 15, Chris picked up the electric bass by
coincidence. Two years later, at 17, he would pick up the upright
bass after hearing Ron Carter on the Miles Davis album My
Funny Valentine. The following year Chris received the Gold
Medal price (this time around, on upright bass) at the Royal
Danish Conservatory for Contemporary Music.
At age 18, Chris realized he had to be a musician and let go of
his medical plans. Chris had already become a much sought after
and even influential bassist in the Copenhagen jazz and funk
scene. Indeed, he was to become as influential on the
international scene in the years to come....
In August of 1989, Chris moved to New York City and it wasn't
before long he started to get noticed. Early on, he performed
around town with other young musicians, whom would later also
become major artists (Joey Calderazzo, Kevin Heyes, Larry
Goldings, Curtis Stigers, Ben Perowsky and others). But also the
already established artists had an eye on the young bass player
from Denmark. At 21, Chris became the bassist for Mike Stern and soon other great music legends would also
choose him as their choice bassist (David Sanborn, Ryuichi
Sakamoto, Bill Evans, Trilok Gurtu, Randy Brecker, David Sylvian, Kirk Whalum and
In 1989 Chris got his first recording contract with the
Storyville label, and would over the following 3 years release
three acclaimed albums (Appreciation, The Sequel, Letters).
Later, in 1995, Chris was signed to the famed Blue Note records
and have now released three successful and acclaimed albums on
that label that all drew praise from critics, musicians and
audiences alike (Doky Brothers, Doky Brothers 2, Minh).
The present Chris Minh Doky is today one of the hottest and most
sought after jazz bassists/soloists there is. He has with great
success, continually toured the globe performing and recording as
a leader and with the top artists of the world (Al Jarreau, Michael & Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Toots Thielemanns, Dianne Reeves, Kenny Garrett, Jack DeJohnette, Ryuichi Sakamoto
and numerous others).
Words like impressive and awe-inspiring come immediately into any
conversation when people are talking about Chris. The young
bassist has been headhunted for years by some of the world's
biggest music legends. Not only in jazz but also in funk, pop,
rock and beyond. Chris is a jazz musician that travels the
spectrum of styles without loosing one bit of his personality and
jazz roots. And you can always hear it's him. Chris' style and
sound is often described as warm, lyrical, distinctive and
personal. Italy's JAZZ magazine calls him: "... a
virtuoso ...." Ken Franckling of Down Beat magazine
wrote: "... there is a softness and crisp clarity that is
very different from the sound other derive from the acoustic
His homeland's Politiken describes him like this: "...
the only other bassist that in regards to his relationship with
his instrument, comes close to that of Niels Henning Orsted
Petersen", mentioning the other famous Danish bassist.
His ability to groove in any setting, being it jazz, funk, pop or
beyond has made Chris very popular outside the jazz world as
well. Not often seen by a mainly acoustic bassist.
When asked to describe his own playing, Chris says: "Melody
is extremely important to me. I grew up in Denmark where the
traditional songbook was and still very much is a big influence
on me, so when I solo I actually try to 'sing' those songs. At
the same time I've also been equally drawn to grooves
characteristic of the East Coast. In essence you can say that my
playing is a result of my deep love for the Danish/Scandinavian
musical tradition and for the American sense of groove."
As a composer, bandleader, producer and recording artist he is
not less gifted. He is one of the very few jazz artists who has
Platinum Awarded CD sales and having his recordings being among
the top five on even the pop charts. He has been voted among the
top ten bassists of 1999 in Japan's Ad Lib Magazine and has
received Artist of the Year awards in his homeland. Even US
President Bill Clinton has noticed Chris and invited him to
perform for the President at the White House.
While living in New York City, performing and recording
internationally, Chris still keeps a close tie with his homeland.
He has produced Danish artists (Sanne Salomonsen, Alex Riel,
Caroline Henderson and others) and written music for several TV
films and symphony orchestras. An original and gifted artist,
Chris' works have been released internationally on several solo
albums. The 7th and most recent being Listen Up! which
explores the funky side of jazz with some of the greatest players