Jazz critic on NPR’s Fresh Air, Kevin Whitehead, says Chris Foreman “should be better known outside the city limits,“ while Peter Margasek has written, “It's hardly a secret that CHRIS FOREMAN has long been Chicago's best jazz organist.” Critics have dubbed him “heir to the throne” held by past organ masters Charles Earland, Richard “Groove” Holmes, “Brother” Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, and Jimmy Smith. The Hammond B3 master, blind since birth, started playing piano at age five and began formal training at seven. As a teenager he was attracted to the organ sounds of Jack McDuff, Groove Holmes, Jimmy Smith, and Jimmy McGriff. Studying their recordings, Chris pursued his training on the organ, becoming a vital member of the Deep Blue Organ Trio, performing with Henry Johnson and Dave Specter, and playing behind singer Kimberly Gordon. A mainstay at the Green Mill with his early Friday organ sets, Chris returns to the Mill on late night Sundays to perform with Joel Paterson. He can also be heard performing on Sunday mornings at Saint James AME Church on 93rd Street. Although Chris is found on many recordings, he has only recently released his first recording as a leader, Now is the Time. Deeply rooted in traditional sources—the blues and gospel—each of the eight tunes is drawn from a standard repertoire from a Charlie Parker title track to his biggest organ influence, Jimmy McGriff. Completing the Quartet are LEE ROTHENBERG, guitar; KEN GUENO, percussion; and GREG ROCKINGHAM, drums.