Hornby Island Blues Workshop



Chris Nordquist - Drums


When we first added Chris Nordquist to our Workshop back in 2015, we were immediately impressed with his astute preparation and his attentive interest in his students. It was easy to see and hear how drummers could learn much from him and really clear that he would make sure they did. Always on the Canadian drummer awards list for his stellar work, Chris “The Wrist” Norquist is one of those musicians whose history in West Coast music and blues holds a special place in the scene and in our Workshop interests. Since the late 60s Chris has been regarded by his peers as one of the most “musical” drummers around; he is fluent in many genres, and as entertaining to watch as he is satisfying to listen to. Affectionately nicknamed "The Wrist" years ago by his admirers, he has performed with many blues legends including: Big Mama Thornton, Louisiana Red, Robert Lockwood Jr., Taj Mahal, Shuggie Otis, Pine Top Perkins, and Jay Mc Shann. His recording credits read like a who’s who of Canadian Blue and R&B musicians and his work with Colin James and Colin Linden have earned him Juno accolades. All this experience and talent has led Chris to be nominated many times for the "Maple Blues Drummer of the Year" — earned recognition conferred by his blues industry peers. He has repaid such recognition by serving his own music community as the Artistic Director of the Pender Harbour Blues and Roots Festival for many years now. Whether you are a drummer who wants to learn better stick and pedal control or improve your hi-hat techniques or your brush work, Chris is a drummer who gets it all and knows how to take you there.


2019 Instructors