The Chad Fisher Group has been on the Birmingham music scene since its debut in December of 2002. Fisher, an established freelance trombonist, began the group as a straight-ahead jazz project and it quickly evolved into a unique musical experience, combining pure improvisation with original compositions and arrangements. On any given night, the band may be found swinging through a jazz standard, or rolling through a reggae tune with horn sounds reminiscent of Ellington and Mingus or a steel guitar conjuring up classic country. In the same set, they may ride a groove in the spirit of bands like Medeski, Martin and Wood or Fela Kuti. The only thing one can truly expect at a Chad Fisher Group show is the unexpected.
The twenty-seven year old Fisher has gained quite a reputation, touring often with bands like The Temptations, The Four Tops, The O'Jays, and also with Birmingham's own American Idol, Ruben Studdard. He has also performed or recorded with artists like Wayne Newton, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, jazz trumpeter Lew Soloff, saxman Lou Marini, and a long list of others.
In addition, his unending need to jam has found him on stage with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and personal hero, trombonist Fred Wesley. In the summer of 2004, Fisher found himself playing a record seven performances on five separate stages during Birmingham's City Stages Weekend. When he's not traveling, Chad can be found with local and regional favorite, Downright, and of course The Chad Fisher Group.