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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:  

https://www.facebook.com/flushingtownhall/videos/722165095000133/

There are some great performances, so check it out!

But here is my recording:

 

New Orchestral Tracks Released! 

Several of my orchestral compositions have been released this month by Velvet Green Music and are available for licensing.  These were fun projects to work on-- check out the links below!

I recorded a short promo video to introduce this album release of Americana tracks featuring the sound of the modern Gunslinger Westerns.  I have two tracks on this release-- Check out all the tracks on YouTube here:  https://youtu.be/HPs95_NKrgQ  

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/velvetgreenmusic/company-man?in=velvetgreenmusic/sets/chris-rinaman

https://soundcloud.com/velvetgreenmusic/outlaw-mantra?in=velvetgreenmusic/sets/chris-rinaman

And also on my page at Velvet Green Music:  http://www.velvetgreenmusic.com/artist/chris-rinaman/

 

This track on Inside The Console was fun to work on-- lots of retro 80s synth fun in this one!

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/velvetgreenmusic/beginner-level?in=velvetgreenmusic/sets/chris-rinaman

Here's the full album on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/J7-GUZofFGE

 

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:

 

Velvet Green Music Released 

I've been composing some orchestral music for the publisher Velvet Green Music.  My first track is released on the collection called "Orchestral Drama Vol. 11 - Fairies and Elves"-- a track called "Time is Given".

Check out the full release on the YouTube link here:

https://youtu.be/6bmIGZNKidg?t=427

Or at my composer page at Velvet Green Music:

http://www.velvetgreenmusic.com/artist/chris-rinaman/

I've been working on quite a few compositions for this library, so look for more releases this year!

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:

https://www.amazon.com/Sister-Celies-Blues-Antoinette-Montague/dp/B07FL5M4RK