Chris Hulka, bassist, was born in Hialeah, Florida in 1960. Chris has been performing since age fifteen. Weaned on Jazz and Big-Band music by his father (Bassist, Marty Hulka), his love for music developed at a very early age. After three years as Student Arranger & Conductor in High School, he studied Music Education at the University of Miami, Miami-Dade College and is a recent Music Education graduate of Indian River State College.
Chris has performed a wide range of musical styles such as Classical, Country, Reggae, Worship, R&B, Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Top-40/Dance, Latin & Salsa, Big-Band, New-Age/World Music and of course, his true-love…. Jazz.
He has shared the stage with such well known artists as Don Bestor, Jr., Ira Sullivan, Doc Cheetham, John Bunch, Eddie Higgins, John Williams, Bras Townsend, Dennis Noday, Bob Wilbur, Panama Francis, Flip Phillips, Arthur Prysock, Helen O’Connell, Phyllis Diller and even Red Buttons. All in all, nearly thirty-five years of studio recordings, radio & television appearances, big-bands, ship’s orchestras, road-tours, as well as countless shows and concerts.
Joining The Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society in 2007 has introduced Chris to many of the Treasure Coast’s finest Professional Musicians. Serving on the FPJ&BS Board of Directors, as Bassist for the FPJ&BS Jazz Ensemble and as Educational Outreach Coordinator, Chris has become an integral part of bringing Jazz into our local schools through concerts, clinics and college scholarships.