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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".


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.  

Live concert of Motown Classics with Full Orchestra 

I've been working with the Richmond County Orchestra on a concert of Motown Classics, arranged for orchestra-- these will be premiered on Sunday, April 22 at a FREE concert in Staten Island, with the Richmond County Orchestra, and the band Not From Concentrate.  The concert is at 3pm at the Snug Harbor Music Hall-- a beautiful old vaudeville concert theater in a really interesting historical village on Staten Island.

On the concert are classics including the tunes My Girl, Reach Out, You're All I Need to Get By, Pastime Paradise, ABC, Stop In The Name Of Love.  Working on these has further convinced me of the genius of James Jamerson, bass player on many of these original recordings.  And take some time to check out the original recording and string arrangement of My Girl-- that is a tune I thought that I knew-- until I really took a close listen to it!  

Come hear these live on Sunday!


Celebrate America Concert and Arrangement Premiere! 

The Richmond County Orchestra is premiering my new arrangement commissions of three July 4th classics this Saturday, July 1st.  I pulled out all the patriotic stops on these new arrangements of God Bless America, Bring Him Home, and God Bless the U.S.A., which will be performed by vocalists Alison Madill, and Tim Mercaldo.


Beatles Blast 2017 

I'm working on a concert of orchestrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."  This concert is on June 2, 2017, in the beautiful St. George Theater in Staten Island, and will feature the Richmond County Orchestra conducted by Alan Aurelia.  I've worked with this orchestra many times, and this will be the 2nd time I've been commissioned for a complete concert of arrangements in the St. George Theater.