Chad Anderson is known in some circles as a visual artist, in other circles as a graphic designer, in other circles a professor of design at a university. Those closest to him know of his years of private study, research, gigs and performances, and passion as a musician–the undercurrent that sustains all of his other creative efforts.
Chad has performed and/or recorded with a vast list of prominent figures in the music. His recorded output includes his debut self-titled record as a leader in 2001, as well as a series of special sessions (unreleased) with the late multi-reedsman, Henry P. Warner, and the late contrabassist, Andy McCloud III. He has co-led a variety of groups with pianist Chris Parker and vocalist Kelley Hurt over the span of 20+ years. These efforts have yielded collaborations with notable figures such as: Warren Smith, Edward ‘Kidd’ Jordan, Rodney Jordan, Alvin Fielder, London Branch, the late Clyde Kerr, Jr., and many others.
Although nowhere near a complete list, Chad lists a few of his primary influences as:
Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Shadow Wilson, Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Specs Wright, Wilbur Campbell, Louis Hayes, Art Taylor, Philly Joe Jones, Papa Jo Jones, Billy Higgins, Alvin Fielder, Freddie Waits, Elvin Jones, Ed Blackwell, Tony Williams, Clifford Jarvis, Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White, Al Foster, Beaver Harris, Milford Graves, Sunny Murray, Rashied Ali, Rudy Walker, Marvin Bugalu Smith, Kenny Washington, Bill Stewart, Al Harewood, Arthur Edgehill, Jimmy Cobb, Idris Muhammad, Vernel Fournier, Andrew Cyrille, Billy Drummond, Joe Chambers, Joe Charles, Frank Gant, Jimmy Hopps, Jimmy Wormworth, O’Neal Spencer, Ike Day, and many more.