CHRISTOPHER KNOTTA New York native, Christopher Knott has been exposed to jazz from when he was gestating inside his mother’s womb. He was raised listening to jazz at home by a father who not only played it as an amateur, but who had many jazz greats as personal friends due to his work in the television industry. Not only did people the likes of Stan Getz and Miles Davis producer Teo Macero visit his home, as a child and teenager he went to many jazz festivals, concerts and club dates at which musicians such as Stan Getz, Roland Kirk, Phil Woods, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughan, Chick Corea, Larry Coryell and Pat Metheny performed.
After majoring in fine arts photography at Rochester Institute of Technology, he relocated to Japan due his cultural roots. His mother is Japanese, and he visited her hometown of Kyoto three times as a child. Although technically separated from jazz for almost a decade while teaching English and running a chain of English language schools, he was given the chance to work in radio. One of the original disc jockeys at FM COCOLO when the Osaka-based multilingual station first went on air in October 1996, he has since lent his voice and musical knowledge to a variety of programs from a weekly jazz show to daily news shows and public service and emergency announcements. He has also had programs on FM Kyoto, FM Osaka and KBS Kyoto and hosted a late-night concert and theater information program on Yomiuri TV.
Totally fluent in both spoken and written Japanese and, of course, his native English, Chris resides with his family in Kyoto Prefecture. He currently has two programs on FM COCOLO (76.5MHz). One of them, World Jazz Warehouse, a two-hour program specializing in jazz, is broadcast every Sunday night from 10:00. In addition to being director of JazzOSAKA, he also produces and emcees jazz festivals, concerts and performances at jazz clubs and venues such as restaurants that don’t usually have live music. In addition, he works as a narrator and translator and is the owner of WordLINK, a firm that handles narration and translation work in English and other languages.