Biography

Chip Henderson has been regularly performing in musical settings ranging from Traditional Jazz to chamber orchestras since the mid 1990's. In that time, he has performed formally and informally with notable musicians such as Marvin Stamm, Donald Brown, Ron Eschete, Mundell Lowe, Howard Alden, and Peter Bernstein.

​Aside from performing with various small jazz groups and big bands in the Memphis/ Nashville metropolitan areas, he has appeared numerous times with the Jazz Orchestra of the Delta, the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Jackson Symphony (TN), the Knoxville Symphony, and the Murfreesboro Symphony.  His ability to double on a variety stringed instruments has allowed Chip to work with the national touring companies of Chicago, Monty Python's Spam-a-Lot, The Lion King, High School Musical, 9 To 5, Shrek: The Musical, The Addams Family, Anything Goes, Motown, and many others.

In 2009 Chip began to work as a freelance arranger for Hal Leonard Publishing and has arranged fourteen books for their Essential Elements Guitar Ensemble series and two for their Jazz Guitar Chord Melody series. In 2016 Alfred Publishing released a book of transcriptions by Chip that focused on the soloing style of swing era guitarist Charlie Christian. The release of this book led to an invitation to perform for Christian's induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2018. (Book info found under "Publications") 

​Chip received both his Bachelor and Master of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Memphis.  During his time at the Univ. of Memphis, he studied privately with former Count Basie guitarist Charlton Johnson as well as studying occasionally with jazz guitar great Calvin Newborn. He currently teaches guitar at Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN), Columbia State Community College (Franklin, TN), and Odessa College (Odessa,TX)