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Mike Christianson

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.

Upon arrival, he was awarded a performance scholarship to complete his Master’s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music studying trombone with Hal Janks (Metropolitan Opera) and composition with Ludmilla Ulehla . Thus matriculated, it was time to find work, and it came in an array of forms: 11 straight years of once-a-week jazz gigs at The Cajun Restaurant (16th St), tours with Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi and the The Toasters (ska). Performances with a wide range of artists: John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Benny Carter, Pulse, Fred Hersch, The American Classical Orchestra, Pittsburgh Collective, The Westminster Choir, and Mario Bauza. Mike’s jazz trio: mc3, recently toured Japan, and he has been heard regularly on Broadway in the shows: 42nd Street, The Threepenny Opera. and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Currently in the pit at Young Frankenstein.

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“Among the instrumental high points: …Mike Christianson’s plunger-muted trombone on ‘My Lovers Suffocate Me’”. -Don Heckman- Los Angeles Times

“….ominous…” -Downbeat

“…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

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Primary Instrument

Trombone

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Discography