About Chris Wong

Chris Wong is a lifelong music nerd, who is an aficionado of jazz and many other genres. His affinity for writing about music emerged in high school, when Chris received his first byline for a review of the punk band the K-Tels. While writing for the University of British Columbia’s The Ubyssey student newspaper, he landed an in-person interview with Dizzy Gillespie, which had some tense moments. In his first year at UBC, Chris played piano in a UBC big band, directed by two titans of large ensemble jazz: Dave Robbins and Fred Stride

As playing music wasn’t his calling, Chris went on to write about jazz and other subjects for the Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, Vancouver Courier, and other publications. He has also written liner notes. It has been an honour for him to write about both international jazz greats and local heroes.

Journeys to the Bandstand, Chris’ first book, is a passion project he honed for more than a decade. Born in Regina, Chris (aka Wongski) lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife Maria Chu and they have two children, both involved in the arts: Miles Wong and Sarah Wong. When Chris isn’t writing about or listening to music (Brazilian music is his favourite), he’s working as a communications consultant, spending time with family and friends, taking photos, savouring ramen, and watching his beloved Vancouver Canucks. 

Contact Chris if you would like to buy the book, interview him, or book him for a talk.

Photos by Amanda Palmer.

What the people are saying about Journeys to the Bandstand

“I have never read a book so fast in my life! Chris did an exceptional job. It’s an absolutely wonderful book and it was so incredible to learn more about the history of jazz in our city and to read about the lives of people that I thought I knew really well. I can’t really put into words how fantastic it is … Congrats Chris Wong. You’ve contributed an incredible thing to the legacy of this city and to the legacy of this music.”

—Cory Weeds, saxophonist, Founder, Cellar Music Group