Khris Royal & Dark Matter

Khris Royal & Dark Matter

 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Khris Royal & Dark Matter are a progressive-jazz outfit that is able to sonically break new ground by infusing heavy hitting New Orleans funk with intricate and sophisticated jazz lines.


Khris Royal & Dark Matter are a young alternative jazz band on the forefront of the New Orleans music scene. KRDM are poised to make an impact on the scene both locally and nationally. The band is fearlessly led by dynamic saxophonist Khris Royal, who has shared the stage with Erykah Badu, Lettuce, George Porter, “Big Sam” Williams, and many more.

To create their signature sound, Khris Royal employs the electric sounds of Groovesect's Danny Abel on Guitar, DJ Raymond on Bass, the stylistic harmonies of Kyle Roussell on keys and the energetic drumming of Terrence Houston. This innovative group of New Orleans natives breathes fresh air into New Orleans. Khris Royal & Dark Matter’s Space-Funk Jazz-fusion is outta sight and sure to keep you guessing and begging for more. Khris Royal & Dark Matter turns heads, demands attention and invites you to check them out during their residency at the Blue Nile, on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans.

Khris Royal Biography:
Khris Royal was born to be a musician. This exceptional New Orleans native began playing the saxophone at seven years old, and producing and writing music at fourteen. Royal‘s musical talents were nurtured at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) High School, in classrooms once shared by jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, and Donald Harrison. At the young age of sixteen, Royal was granted a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

To date, Royal has played with Bobby Brown, Erykah Badu, Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, Christian Scott, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis, Tony Clifton, The Sam Kininger Band, and Johnta Austin. The impressive young artist has recorded with Mary J. Blige, Ashanti, Nelly and The Game, Erykah Badu, Goapele, D.J. Quick, Ciff Hines, and is also featured with the Regiment on Season 2 of The Boondocks.

Royal has also made a name for himself within the New Orleans music scene, playing regularly with renowned local musicians including George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Fred Wesley, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Troy Andrews, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, Russell Batiste, The Wild Magnolias, Maurice Brown, Herlin Riley and Good Enough for Good Times among others. In addition to leading his own band, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, Royal is the only horn player currently on tour with the legendary George Porter Jr. and his Runnin’ Pardners.

Royal’s progressive-jazz outfit, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, is able to sonically break new ground by infusing the distinct flavor of New Orleans funk with intricate and sophisticated jazz lines.

Set List

Chicken Dance
Dark Matter
Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Love Song #4
Funkin' In Denial
Kendrick's World
Funk Jam