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Christopher J. Washburne

Associate Professor of Music
School of the Arts
Music Department
619A Dodge Hall
  • Founding Director of Columbia’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program
  • Director, Jazz Performance
  • Chair, Ethnomusicology
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

Chris Washburne is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Columbia University and the Founding Director of Columbia’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program. He has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. His newest book, Sounding Salsa: Performing Latin Music in New York was published in 2008 by Temple University Press. He co-edited the volume Bad Music (2004) and is currently working on a book on Latin jazz which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Washburne has been called “one of the best trombonists in New York” by The New York Times and was voted as a “Rising Star of the Trombone” in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Downbeat Critic’s Poll. He has recorded over 150 albums and performed with numerous jazz and Latin groups including, Tito Puente, Anthony Braxton, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Ruben Blades, Justin Timberlake, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, Ray Barretto, and Eddie Palmieri. His Latin jazz group, SYOTOS, pushes the genre into uncharted waters with a postmodern mix that embraces dissonance, weaving contemporary uptempo beats with a driving sound, or as the New York Times states "SYOTOS plays with fire with erudition!". Their release ‘Paradise In Trouble” on Jazzheads Records was nominated as the best Latin jazz records of 2004. Their most recent release "Fields of Moons" (2010) was voted the best jazz release of the week by All About Jazz. Washburne also co-leads the jazz quartet FFEAR which was recently featured on NPR's JazzSet with DeeDee Bridgewater.

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