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Chris Pasin

Chris Pasin, a graduate of the New England Conservatory, spent two years playing with the Buddy Rich band in the early 80’s, touring with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and many others.Then he relocated to New York City. Much of the next decade was spent playing jazz with various groups, including the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin big band. There was also work with Jack McDuff, many Salsa and Brazilian bands, and various other jazz ensembles, including the Lee Shaw quintet in recent years. Recently, he released the CDs “Detour Ahead," and "Random Acts of Kindness," comprised largely of his own diverse compositions, and has a new release, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” of reimagined holiday music, to critical acclaim, and his recent album “Ornettiquette.” Chris is now playing jazz frequently with various musicians in and around the New York area, writing music to record for several current projects, curating a weekly jazz series, and recently appeared on Pete Levin’s new album Mobius, Scott Petito’s new album Rainbow Gravity. And Chris has recorded with the likes of Gunther Schuller, George Russell, and Toshiko, and more recently Pete Levin, Scott Petito, Michael Benedict, and many others. He's performed at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, the Royal Albert Hall, the Village Vanguard, Ronnie Scott's, and the Blue Note, among others, and toured Europe and Asia many times."


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New York City

Willing to teach

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Planet Arts Records


Baby It's Cold Outside

Planet Arts Records


Random Acts of...

Self Produced


Detour Ahead

H2O Records



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