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Christopher Rathbun

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Chris Rathbun has enjoyed decades of bass playing from orchestra and chamber music to blues, free improvisation, be-bop, Bluegrass, Dixie-Land, swing, Broadway shows, cabaret, Klezmer, Latin and world music.

Chris Rathbun's experiences in music range from being musical director, composer, and solo bassist for the Boston Black Repertory Company production of Joseph A. Walker’s, The River Niger, and jazz festivals including the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the White Mountain Blues and Jazz Festival, the Highlands Jazz Festival, and the Provincetown Jazz Festival.

Chris has performed with internationally recognized jazz artists, "Papa" Jo Jones, "Tiny" Grimes (guitarist with Art Tatum), Tom Lindsay (trumpet player on Coleman Hawkins’ quintessential recording of “Body and Soul”), Joe Marani (clarinet player with Louis Armstrong), Herb Pomeroy, "Sir Charles" Thompson (pianist with Charlie Parker), Benny Waters, Bob Wilber and Sabby Lewis.

His work includes pit orchestras of the major theaters in Boston and performances with stars; Ray Charles, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Rosemary Clooney, The Four Aces, The Four Lads, Marvin Hamlisch, Linda Hopkins, Al Martino, The Mills Brothers, Anthony Newley, Patti Page, John Raitt, Bobby Rydell, Yma Sumak, Roger Williams, and many more...

In addition to a vibrant private studio practice, Chris Rathbun is also a faculty member at the South Shore Conservatory.

He holds a B.M., from the New England Conservatory of Music, in Double Bass Performance and Third Stream Music., an M.S. (Education), and an M.S. (Library and Information Science) from Simmons College. His music training also includes undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music and double bass studies with William Curtis, Gaston Dufresne, Frank Gallagher, Lawrence Wolfe, Dave Holland, and Virginia Dixon (Suzuki Teacher Training) as well as studying improvisation with Ran Blake and Jaki Byard. Chris is a registered Suzuki bass and cello teacher.

Bass Coordinator for the 2016 SAA Conference, his topics as a presenter at The Suzuki Association of the Americas Conferences have included; “Facing 'Improviphobia' With Language Skills,” “Jazz for Classical Musicians,” and “Do You Like Chords?”

Geo-Political Statement (Chris Rathbun, Stephan Peisch-violin)
It Came From Out of the Woods (Chris Rathbun film ensemble)
If I Could Dance Like Fred Astaire (Jim Porcella, Ron Zack)
Never Never Land (Jon Jarvis)
The Good Stuff (Bob Roskopf, Jon Wheatley)
Peace (Steve Dale)
Something Irresistible: Songs of Fran Landesman (Shepley Metcalf)
Jazzamir (Zamir Chorale)
The Music of Canary Burton (Jon Jarvis)
I Concentrate On You (Loretta LaRoche)
Unforgettable (Frank Zarba)
Songs Of Domestic Bliss (Laurie Gould)
He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not (Diane Carey)
Here To Stay (Jennifer Antkowiak)
The Last Taxi (Patrick Battstone)


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