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The Jazz Loft Presents "Music in Conversation" featuring trombonist, arranger and composer Chris Rinaman 

Enjoy the latest installment of our Music in Conversation Series as Jazz Loft founder Tom Manuel talks with trombonist, composer and arranger Chris Rinaman. Tom and Chris got to pull up a chair recently at the Jazz Loft and talk about inspirations and early teachers growing up, Jazz pioneer Jack Teagarden, and their new collaborative project celebrating the music of Oliver Nelson and his 1968 album "The Kennedy Dream".


How Trombones Are Made 

Here's a really interesting feature on how trombones are made at the Rath factory in England.  I've visited a couple of trombone factories--  Shires and Kanstul were both really amazing places to see the work that goes into making a brass instrument!


Virtual Jazz Jam 

I recorded a great Quincy Jones ballad on euphonium for the Flushing Town Hall Virtual Jazz Jam.  I first heard this song on an album of Ake Persson, a really beautiful Swedish trombonist, and fell in love with the tune.  The whole evening is online here:

There are some great performances, so check it out!

But here is my recording:


Dance Theater of Harlem Video 

I recently recorded some trombone for my friends Tim Rosser & Charlie Sohne-- they've put together a beautiful feature for Dance Theater of Harlem again!  Also featuring Marty Bound on trumpet.

Check out the video here:


Band Of Bones Annual JJ Johnson Birthday Tribute Concert 

Continue the New Year Celebrations with Dave Chamberlain's Band of Bones featuring Guest Artists Steve Turre and Steve Davis as they celebrate the Great J.J. Johnson's Birthday at "Jazz Tuesdays" on Tuesday, January 22 in the Gillespie Auditorium at the New York Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway), with a concert of music with tunes composed by or arranged by the great JJ Johnson.

Grammy Time! 

I've been involved with a few projects this year that are up for voting (if you're a NARAS member) for Grammy consideration this year:

  • My arrangement of Quincy Jones' song from The Color Purple, called "Sister" on the most recent Band of Bones album, "Picadillo? Yes, Madly!" featuring The Band of Bones and vocalist Antoinette Montague.  Check it out!
  • The Band of Bones album "Picadillo? Yes, Madly!" is up for consideration in the Best Latin Jazz Recording Category
  • I played trombone on the Original Cast Recording to the show "Kris Kringle: The Musical" -- up for consideration in the Musical Theater category

Good luck to everyone with projects up for consideration this year!

Check out Sister and the Band of Bones here:

On Eagle's Wings Single Released 

Today a single I recorded in 2008 was released to be available online wherever you get your digital music, as well as on my site here.  This is a track I recorded as a gift to my mother, in memory of her mother-- Elva Lois Greene.  I hadn't planned on releasing it, but have shared it with people over the last 10 years.  It's a song that has a lot of meaning for many people and I hope you will enjoy hearing it and remember the special people in your life who may have passed on.  

Kris Kringle Cast Album 

I performed in the orchestra for a new Christmas show, orchestrated by the amazing Frank Galgano and Matt Castle, last November at Town Hall in NYC, and we recently recorded the cast album which is available here:


I also worked with Frank and Matt on the revival of "Once Upon A Mattress" at Transport Theater in 2016!  Check out the orchestrations on this new recording! 

What Child - the 2017 Pliska Harris Holiday Orchestra ft. Kurt Elling 

In December I played in a great project, written and coordinated by Joanne Harris and Greg Pliska, to benefit the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. We recorded on November 20th, at the fabled Avatar studios in Manhattan, an arrangement of Greg Pliska and JoAnne Harris' "What Child" - - with the Grammy winning vocalist Kurt Elling! 

This was a fun project to benefit a great cause-- check out the video and contribute!

"High Above" feat. India Arie - Dance Theater of Harlem Video 

Check out this beautiful song "High Above" and video-- with music by Tim Rosser, lyrics by Charlie Sohne and vocals by India Arie.  I recorded the tenor and bass trombone tracks on this, along with Tony Kadleck on trumpet.  It's also been released as a single on iTunes:

High Above

Tim and Charlie are great to work with-- and also have a new musical in the works.  Keep an eye on them!