Chris Washburne is one of those rare musicians whose musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. From early in his career he refused to be pigeon-holed as just being a jazz or classical player, but instead has continually pursued a diverse path. Chris is currently freelancing as a studio musician and performing trombone, bass trombone, tuba, didjeridu and percussion with various classical, jazz, rock and Latin groups in New York City. He also tours extensively with various groups and has concertized throughout the North America, Europe, Asian, Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Chris received his Bachelors of Music in classical trombone performance from the University of Wisconsin where he studied with William Richardson, Richard Davis and Les Thimmeg. In 1988, he completed a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory in Third Stream Studies where he studied with John Swallow, Ran Blake and Bob Moses. He was the winner of the 1988 New England Conservatory Graduation Concerto Competition. He spent two months living in Zambia in 1985, studying the traditional music of that region, and in 1993, received a Mellon Fellowship to travel to and explore the rich musical traditions of Cuba.
In 1999 he completed his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. He is currently Associate Professor of Music and Found Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University in New York. He has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. He is author of the book “Sounding Salsa: Performing Latin Music in New York” (2008) and editor of the book “Bad Music” (2004).
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Chris Washburne & SYOTOS Playing Acid Mambo Jazz Celebrating 24-Years...
July 01, 2015
Chris Washburne & SYOTOS CD Celebration Tour Begins July 29 At Smoke!
May 08, 2015
Chris Washburne & Syotos at Subrosa on May 19th at 8pm
March 26, 2015
Acid Mambo! Chris Washburne & Syotos - New Release "Low Ridin'"
December 17, 2014
Acid Mambo: Chris Washburne & Syotos at Winter Jazzfest (Carroll Place)...
June 23, 2012
Ole Mathisen/Chris Washburne's FFEAR @ Smalls Jazz Club NYC June 30,...
February 25, 2012
Chris Washburne and SYOTOS Returns to Smoke in NYC on 2/29/12
May 07, 2011
The Jazz Session #264: Chris Washburne
August 04, 2010
Chris Washburne and the Syotos Band Live in Washington D.C. - August...
July 25, 2010
Latin Jazz Conversations: Chris Washburne (Part 4)
July 24, 2010
Latin Jazz Conversations: Chris Washburne (Part 3)
July 23, 2010
Latin Jazz Conversations: Chris Washburne (Part 2)
July 22, 2010
Latin Jazz Conversations: Chris Washburne (Part 1)
July 19, 2010
Album of the Week: Fields of Moons, Chris Washburne and the Syotos Band
June 20, 2010
Chris Washburne and the Syotos Band 20th Anniversary and Record Release...
February 09, 2010
NYNDK CD Release Performance at Scandinavia House on February 20th,...
January 19, 2010
Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band Celebrating Their 18th Consecutive...
January 09, 2008
Northern Lights Jazz Series Presents NYNDK at Dizzys Club Coca Cola -...
October 23, 2006
Trombonist Chris Washburne Interviewed at AAJ
September 28, 2006
The Jason Crane Show features Chris Washburne
“SYOTOS plays with fire and erudition! —New York Times
“Chris Washburne is a young talent most deserving wider recognition. —Howard Mandel, Jazz Critic for Downbeat and Village Voice
“Chris Washburne is a superior hard bop player... —Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
“Trombonist Chris Washburne... an excellent player...—Ben Ratliff, New York Times