Chris Rathbun 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.
Formerly a faculty member at the South Shore Conservatory and Artist In Residence at MIT, 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.
As a registered Suzuki bass teacher and 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?”