Chris Vitarello is a gifted guitarist and a blues hall of famer. Inducted on November 14th 2013.Nominee and performer at the 32nd Blues Music Awards. (Chris O’Leary Band best new artist) and a Blues Blast winner. (Chris O’Leary Band 2013)
While Chris chooses blues to be the main part of his career, he also branches out and leans toward the jazzier side of things.
In the last 20 years Chris has been a band member, recorded or shared the stage with The Legendary Jimmy McGriff, Bruce Katz, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, Jerry Jemmot, Tad Robinson, The Chris O’Leary Band, Dennis Gruenling, Roxy Perry, Jeremy Baum, Joel Frahm, and Bernard Purdie to name a few. He has appeared on 30 plus albums and continues to perform nationally and internationally.
Chris is a full time member of The Bruce Katz Band, The Chris O’Leary Band and The Jeremy Baum Trio.He occasionally tours with 8 time blues award nominee Tad Robinson. When not on the road Chris holds a position as Worship Leader at Walnut Hill Community Church. Leading worship on Sunday mornings for hundreds of congregants at 4 campuses in Waterbury, New Milford,Seymour and Bethel Connecticut. Chris attended Berklee College of Music from 1991 to 1993. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Western Connecticut State University in 2001. He is always working on his own recording projects as well as other artist’s. Looking forward to new albums,international and national tours in 2016.