Chris Dingman

Born: August 21, 1980    Primary Instrument: Vibraphone

Chris Dingman

Chris Dingman (b. La Jolla, CA, 1980) is a vibraphonist, composer, and percussionist who has worked across a broad spectrum of musical styles and in a wide variety of professional settings. Chris has performed nationally and internationally with many of the world’s top musical artists including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Nnenna Freelon, Marcus Miller, Terence Blanchard, and many others. Now based in Brooklyn, NY, Chris is currently working with many of the leading lights on the scene, both as a sideman, and as a leader with his project Waking Dreams.

Hailed by the New York Times as a “dazzling” soloist and composer with a “fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism,” Chris Dingman is one of the most sought-after vibraphonists of his generation. Schooled in the jazz tradition, yet influenced by a wide range of music and experience, Dingman draws inspiration and meaning from a diverse set of musical sources, uniting them in a progressive approach that has earned him praise for his “poignant work” (David Sprague, Variety), his “adaptive humility” (Nate Chinen, NY Times), and as “downright hypnotic” (John Barron, All About Jazz). He has performed and studied with many of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and many others. Now based in Brooklyn, NY, he is currently working with many of the leading lights on the jazz and creative music scene, both as a sideman and as a leader with his project Waking Dreams....
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Rising Star, Vibes - 2009 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star, Vibes - 2010 Downbeat Critics Poll
”The whole enterprise has the ring of the new, but you can imagine hearing it on WBGO, the local radio standard of the straight-ahead jazz tradition. ... Mr. Dingman's own style stands out: he uses it not just for melody and percussion but also for sound, in long, smoky chords beaming out like floodlighting. “ - Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

“First and foremost, what you get from this record is this strong, very mysterious, very enthralling atmosphere throughout.” - Kevin LeGendre, BBC 3, Jazz on 3

“The year is still relatively young, but Chris Dingman has already notched what's certain to be one of its watershed recordings: Waking Dreams, a gorgeous, contemplative sequence of moody original compositions played by an outstanding band.” - Steve Smith, Time Out New York

“Vibraphonist Chris Dingman delivers a sure-footed and deeply lyrical debut, a showcase both for his luminous compositions and for his rapport with a network of peers” - Nate Chinen, The New York Times

“Beautifully rendered and thoroughly accessible ... a work of art and form. To bring ideas into fruition - let alone ones from dreams - into music that's articulated at this level, is something to admire.” - Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz

“If you believe that ballads deserve the same taut interplay as uptempo tunes, you're likely down with vibraphonist Dingman, whose new Waking Dreams is a suite of reflections that rebuffs somnambulance with inventive exchange after inventive exchange.” - Jim Macnie, Village Voice

“Vibraphonist Chris Dingman has become one of jazz's young leading lights.” - Michael Hamad, Hartford Advocate

“The composition is part ars poetica, a creative manifesto that reveals the musicians personal investment in his craft and the project overall. “Waking Dreams” is a wonderfully layered and complex piece that resonates most strongly because of its attention to layering and polyrhythmic detail.” - Ebony Noelle Golden, Revivalist Music

“His own compositional creativity is on full display with Waking Dreams, an exquisite fourteen-movement suite being issued this month. Its harmonies, rhythms and textures reflect [an] abiding interest in non-Western musics.” - Paul Blair, Hot House

“Chris Dingman has already shown his improvisatory gifts and innate lyricism in Steve Lehman's quintet and octet and Harris Eisenstadt's Canada Day. His debut as a band leader, Waking Dreams, a suite, is a kind of continuous reverie in which densities shift and complexities arise to be ultimately resolved in washes of shimmering metallic overtones.” - Stuart Broomer, New York City Jazz Record

“Chris Dingman's Waking Dreams is a meticulously crafted album that's equally as strong as the sum of its parts.” - Anthony Dean-Harris,

“Dazzling .. with a fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism” - Nate Chinen, NY Times

“Jazz vibist-of-the-moment” - Phil DiPietro, All About Jazz

“Dingman is downright hypnotic” - John Barron, All About Jazz

“Dingman gives even the most skeletal constructions the right amount of harmonic flesh.” --David Adler, JazzTimes

As A Side Musician
Canada Day II
Harris Eisenstadt

Heroes of Make Believe
Bryan and the Aardvarks

Know Thyself
Noah Baerman
Tracks: all

Canada Day
Harris Eisenstadt
Clean Feed

Travail, Transformation, and Flow
Steve Lehman Octet

Bossa Beleza
Gabriela Anders
Tracks: Samba de Verao, Satisfaction

Prelude: to Cora
Ambrose Akinmusire
Fresh Sound

On Meaning
Steve Lehman Quintet

Thought Forms
Adam Rudolph

Artificial Light
Steve Lehman
Fresh Sound

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Brooklyn, NY

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Contact for information about lessons for vibraphone, composition, piano, and percussion. In addition to performing, Chris has been teaching students of all ages and levels for the past 12 years. His extensive teaching experience includes presenting master classes at high schools and conservatories both nationally and internationally, directing a summer music camp for students ages 11-18, leading jazz ensembles at the high school and middle school levels, and teaching group percussion classes for both children and adults. He teaches vibraphone, composition, piano, percussion, and jazz improvisation privately. Please contact for more information about lessons or clinics in the tri-state area.

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