In a pro career spanning 40 years and five countries, Cincinnati-born jazz guitarist Greg Chako has released 16 albums and been the subject of a documentary called, “An American Cat in the Lion City,” which is based on his prolific recording and performance career in the Far East where he evolved into a masterful, expressive composer with rich story telling abilities. His varied arrangements and over 70 recorded original compositions merge Mainstream, Hard Bop, Latin & World music. His music has spent time on the Jazzweek, CMJ and RMR Jazz Charts, including multiple Top Ten spots, and has consistently received critical acclaim from the Jazz community.
In 2022, he signed with Mint 400 Records and Raining Music, which has set him on track to exceed his recording success in Asia. He released a brand new album featuring primarily Cincinnati-based musicians, Friends, Old and New in late 2022, and his album released in May 2023, A Place for Bass, has gained glowing reviews from Dave Stryker, Rufus Reid, Peter Bernstein, John Clayton, and many others. Yokohama Live! came out Sept. ’23 and Xmas Time - Live in Izu Nagaoka released Dec. 1st ’23. Greg's newest album is titled Life After 40, which releases January 5th, 2024, and will be Chako’s 16th album.