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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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”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 ..

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Primary Instrument

Vibraphone

Location

Brooklyn, NY

Willing to teach

Beginners

Credentials/Background

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

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Albums

The Subliminal and the Sublime
The Subliminal and...
Inner Arts Initiative
2015
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Waking Dreams
Waking Dreams
Between Worlds Music
2011
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