Chris Pasin

Trumpeter, composer, bandleader

Chris Pasin 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. After relocating 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, Pete Levin septet, and John Esposito sextet in recent years.
He released the CDs “Detour Ahead," and "Random Acts of Kindness," comprised largely of his own diverse compositions, and has a release, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” of reimagined holiday music, which received critical acclaim.
The most recent project, , “Ornettiquette,” features music by, and inspired by Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Albert Ayler. The band includes alto saxophist Adam Siegel, bassist Michel Bisio,and drummer Harvey Sorgen, and features special guests, the creators of the Creative Music Studio, vibist and pianist Karl Berger, and vocalist Ingrid Sertso.

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 appeared on Pete Levin’s new album Mobius, Scott Petito’s new album Rainbow Gravity, and Phil Allen’s big band record North Greenbush Blues. Chris has recorded with the likes of Gunther Schuller, George Russell, and Toshiko Akiyoshi in his past and has recently worked on dozens of albums of various genres as a studio musician.