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Dean Christesen

Dean Christesen is a drummer, writer, and creator of RVAjazz, an online resource for under-the-radar jazz, experimental, and improvised music in Richmond, VA.

About Me

Dean Christesen is a Richmond-based drummer, writer and creator of He is currently studying jazz performance and journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University. Although not a Richmond native, he loves the city. Frequently seen performing around town, he is a member of Mason Brothers and various local jazz and free-jazz concoctions. In December 2007, he created RVAjazz in hopes of strengthening a community and unifying Richmond’s exciting under-the-radar jazz, experimental, and improvised music scene.

My Favorites

  1. Marc Johnson - Sound of Summer Running
  2. Dorival Caymmi - Eu Sou O Samba
  3. Keith Jarrett - Belonging
  4. Bill Frisell - Have a Little Faith
  5. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
  6. Devil's Workshop Big Band - Idle Hands
  7. Angles - Every Woman is a Tree
  8. Chick Corea - Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
  9. Miles Davis Quintet - Workin'
  10. Chris Thile - Deceiver
  11. Fiona Apple - When the Pawn...