Chris Persad has been performing as a freelance trumpet player in the New York area since 1996. He toured extensively throughout the United States as well as Europe, Japan, Scandinavia, and South America. He has appeared at important Jazz Festivals including Montreal, COTA, Syracuse, Corning and Ithaca. During the past seven years his quintet has been featured at the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival.
Persad has also performed and recorded with noted jazz artists including Phil Woods, Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, Eric Alexander, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Claudio Roditi, Clare Fischer, Red Rodney, Marian McPartland, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Sal Nistico, Randy Brecker, Jerry Niewood, Richard Wyands, Slam Stewart, Barry Harris, Joe Locke, Dave Samuels, Bill Mobley, Lew Tabackin, Ralph Lalama, John Pizzarelli, Chuck Israels, Benny Golson, Steve Gilmore, Steve Brown, and Danny D’Imperio.
In addition to performing, Persad is a teacher with a Bachelor of Music Education from Ithaca College, and a Masters in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the Eastman school of Music. As an Assistant Professor, he taught Jazz Studies and Trumpet at Western Washington University. He has also been a clinician in summer music camps including Eastman School of Music, Hartwick College, and Ithaca College, and has been a guest conductor at Sullivan, Cayuga, and Orange County jazz festivals.