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Sencalar Glassman Quintet

The Sencalar/Glassman Quintet is comprised of co-leaders Altin Sencalar and ChrisGlassman. The two trombonists met during their graduate degree course work at Michigan StateUniversity. The Sencalar/Glassman Quintet has performed at Moriarty’s Pub and Grill as guestartists for “Jazz Tuesday’s,” Soggy Bottom bar as a part of their weekly jazz night, the Lansing JazzFestival in 2018, their “Welcome Home” educational tour where they performed and taught studentsjazz at all East Lansing elementary schools. The tour was based on the Detroit jazz scene’s mantra"each one ,teach one.” This tour was generously sponsored by the East Lansing Cultural Arts GrantFY19 and Michigan State Universities Running Start Grant, and Michigan State University JazzStudies program. The Quintet has also appeared at the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival as a part of the"Hometown Hero Series," The University of North Texas as guest artist, Ohio State University asguests artist, and the 2020 Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival Paul Carr’s Discovery act winners. They willalso be 2020 American Trombone Workshop as guest artists and are recently named the 2020 "Artists in Residence" for Jazz Institute at Brevard.

As individual artists the two have been named finalists and/or winners in the American TromboneWorkshop jazz solo competition division 1 & 2, International Trombone Association J.J. Johnson andCarl Fontana solo trombone competition, the UNT Jazz Trombone Day Competition, Curtis FullerDetroit Jazz Festival competition, Michael Rath jazz solo trombone competition, Yamaha YoungPerforming Artist, Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble, and International Tuba EuphoniumAssociations Euphonium Excerpts and Rich Matteson Jazz Euphonium Competition. Along withnational and international competitive success the two co-leaders have either performed, toured,and/or recorded with Rodney Whitaker, Christian McBride, Ulysses Owens Jr., Steve Davis, EtienneCharles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diego Rivera, David Taylor, Teri Lynn Carrington,Carmen Bradford, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Savion Glover, Steve Wilson, Rene Marie, Ali Jackson Jr.,Michael Dease, and Xavier Davis.

The quintet will be hot on the heels of their debut album, “Realization” featuring Detroit’s own,Rodney Whitaker, legendary tenor trombonist Michael Dease, and some of jazz music’s rising stars,Addison Frei, Zachary Adleman, and Nathan Borton.


Paul Carr's Discovery Act Winners, 2020 Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival FY19 East Lansing Arts Commission Grant Recipients 2019 Michigan State University Running Start Grant Winner's


Album Review

Sencalar/Glassman Quintet: Realization

Read "Realization" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Altin Sencalar and Chris Glassman were classmates in graduate school at Michigan State University (MSU) where they were both trombonist MIchael Dease's proteges. When they decided to release their debut, the exciting Realization, their mentor produced the record, contributed a tune and made a guest appearance on the opening track. For this bop-based session Sencalar and Glassman recruited a band of both up-and-coming and established musicians. The result is a very cohesive quintet/sextet which effortlessly, and with supreme ...

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“Altin and Chris has truly documented a healthy balance of soul, virtuosity, inventive soloing, and brilliant writing. Both possess a technical prowess and command of vocabulary beyond their years. It’s quite clear they’ve done homework in the jazz trombone lineage. The modern, adventurous twists on language of years past will keep you on your toes with excitement. ” — ANDRE HAYWARD- INTERNATIONAL JAZZ TROMBONE SOLOIST, THELONIUS MONK COMPETITION WINNER 2003 “Yet the swinging, harmonically savvy arrangements heard on Realization brim with the confidence of young musicians putting their own stamp on a lineage they treasure.” — DAVID R

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


D-Clef Records


The Solitude Sessions

Self Produced



From: Realization
By Sencalar Glassman Quintet


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