Born: May 7, 1963
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota- Mike is fortunate to be living his dream, making a living as a New York City musician. Cursed with and open mind and a willingness to try things, he is involved in the NYC scene in many ways.
Mike started out with trombone lessons from his father, who later was his high school band director. This led to the University of Northern Colorado where he studied with Buddy Baker. Before finishing his degree Mike was called by Ray Charles to tour the world with his orchestra. After finishing his degree at Moorhead State University (MN), Mike knew it was time to move to NYC....
AwardsInternational Trombone Association Frank Rosolino Award- 1988
“…superb Tricky Sam is now plunger-muted trombone by Mike Christianson.” -Marc Meyers- All About Jazz(CD review)
“…trombonist Mike Christianson playing elegant solos, …” - Will Stewart- Ann Arbor News
“…top honors for the brass section go to Mike Christianson, whose sexy growl highlighted “Part X: My Lovers Suffocate Me”…” -Greg Haymes- Albany TimesUnion
“…a catalog of noises like “alarm-bells”, “cries of stevedores” and “the bass of disjointed friendship” is brilliantly embodied by trombonist Mike Christianson, et al…” -Andrew Lindemann- JazzTimes
“…and trombonist Mike Christianson were also most effective. Christianson’s plunger muted solo was very good.” Marc Meyers- All About Jazz (live review)
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Fair Lawn, NJ
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.