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Awakening, the title track of the first CD from jazz-guitarist Corey Christiansen, is available as a free download at

The first release on Mel Bay Records, Awakening spent 12 weeks on the JazzWeek chart, reaching #16 on March 2, 2005. Corey composed the title track, which consistently receives the most airplay from the recording.

Corey joined jazz-guitarist Vic Juris to record a concert DVD for Mel Bay Records at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe on November 11th, 2005. Vic released A Second Look on Mel Bay Records in April 2005. Reviewers and jazz programmers embraced the recording, which reached #10 during its 14 weeks on the JazzWeek chart.

Corey produced Vicís CD, and their musical styles complimented each other so well that it was only natural for them to record together.

Vic began his musical ascent in the early 1970s through appearances and recordings with Phil Woods, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miroslav Vitous. He participated in the jazz fusion movement with the Barry Miles group and in duets with Larry Coryell. Vic has recorded and performed with an extensive roster of jazz legends, including David Liebman, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Peacock, John Ambercrombie, Bireli Lagrene and Lee Konitz.

Corey has served as senior editor for Mel Bay Publications since 2001. He started playing guitar at the age of five under the direction of his father, Mike Christiansen, Chairman of Guitar Studies at Utah State University. In 2005 Corey has played the Syracuse Jazz Festival, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Festival of the Midnight Sun in Helsinki, Finland, John Pisano's Guitar Night at Spazio in Los Angeles, the Eastman Guitars NAMM concert in Anaheim, and the Whitaker Music Festival and Webster Groves Jazz Festival, both in St. Louis. He opened for Bill Frisell at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis in September and spent two weeks in March playing clubs and festivals throughout Australia.

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