My brother Christopher (Chris) Fiore was an amazing musician and bassist. He was well known in the NY/NJ music scene for some time, and he loved every aspect of music: performing, composing, listening, and teaching. He received high praise for his teaching and his work with young musicians. In the last months of his life, he began to compose more than ever, anxious to complete an album of his original compositions.
Family was sacred to Chris. He adored his wife, Nancy, his mother and dad, Anita and Conrad Fiore, his brother Nick, and his stepson, Bryan. He used to say, “I am the luckiest guy on earth. I have the biggest, loudest and most supportive Italian family any one could have, and they are also the best cooks in the world.” He loved his wife’s Colombian family too, and treasured the time he spent with Bryan, his nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Chris made his mark in jazz, rock, classical and theatre. From 1989-2002 he played with The Orchids, godbox, Shyneboxx and a series of associated recording projects. In 2002, Chris finished the North American debut tour of the musical Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story. In his directorial debut, Chris was the musical director for the 2002 South Plainfield Summer Workshop presentation of Footloose 2. In 1997 as part of the Newark Jazz Festival, he participated in a live broadcast over WBGO with the group Rites of Passage. He could be heard regularly with his own group The Iron Monkey in Jersey City, as well as at the Westfield Jazz Festival, in which he had participated for the previous five years as well as playing as a classical bassist with many orchestras.
In October of 2002, at the age of 33, his life was cut short by a rare form of cancer. Chris held a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from New Jersey City University, which now offers an annual scholarship in his name called The Christopher and Anita Fiore Memorial Music Scholarship.
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