My version of "Stardust" from The Sencalar/Glassman Quintet's visual EP: The Solitude Sessions.
A quick 15 Second Trombone Tip on Intonation.
Check out the rest of the 15 Second Tip series on Youtube and Tiktok
Hailed by International Trombone Journal as someone whose “ warm sound, beautiful phrasing, and ability to perform in various styles convincingly sets him apart as a truly exceptional musician”, Chris Glassman is a rising star jazz performer on bass trombone, Director of Jazz at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Michigan based musician. He has performed and/or recorded with legendary musicians Michael Bublé, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Sarah McLachlan, Kurt Elling, Danilo Perez, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Rene Marie, Wayne Bergeron, Rodney Whitaker, Ulysses Owens Jr., and Etienne Charles among others.
Raised in Littleton, Colorado, Chris has been passionate and engaged in music since the age of five when he began learning drums from his father. He later transitioned into playing the trombone during grade school, and was enchanted with the instruments gorgeous sound, unique abilities, and outstanding universality. Glassman is deeply rooted in the classical tradition of trombone, having received his Bachelor’s in Classical Trombone Performance from the University of Denver. He went on to a Teaching Assistantship and Master’s in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University with legendary pedagogues Michael Dease and Rodney Whitaker. Between 2017-2019, during his Master’s, Chris was a finalist or won every international competition for jazz trombone in the United States, a feat which he accomplished on Bass Trombone nonetheless. These competitions included the International Trombone Festival’s Carl Fontana, JJ Johnson, and Kai Winding Competitions, the American Trombone Workshop Jazz Trombone Competition, Curtis Fuller International Trombone Competition, and the UNT Jazz Trombone Day Competition. He was also a finalist for the U.S. Army Blues Bass Trombone audition in 2017. Glassman capped off his time at MSU by receiving over $3000 in grant funding to create a free performance series designed to engage students age 5-12 in Jazz Music.
Since then, Chris hasn't let up, and most recently was appointed as Director of Jazz at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Previously, Glassman toured with renowned vocalist Michael Bublé for his “Higher” world tour, including a performances at Madison Square Garden, and all throughout the U.S., U.K., South America, and Canada. He has given masterclasses at the University of North Texas, Ohio State University, Mary Hardin-Baylor University, New Trier Jazz Festival, and for Wisconsin All State Jazz, as well as being a featured guest artist performer at the International Trombone Festival, Midatlantic Jazz Festival, Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, Big Rapids Festival of the Arts, and other acclaimed festivals. Glassman currently has four bandleader recordings and they have received high acclaim from magazines like Stereophile Magazine, The International Trombone Journal, and Outside in Music. His most recent recording “The Technocats - The Music of Gregg Hill” was the 18th most played jazz record internationally in 2023, according to Roots Music Report. In addition, he is a featured sidemen on recordings by Rodney Whitaker, Ulysses Owens Jr. and Walter White. Also an avid arranger, Chris has recently had numerous commissions, including for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival Fan Favorite film “Radical”, Gaby Moreno , the USAF Airmen of Note, the USAF Academy Band, Brevard Music Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, The Carr Center, the Wisconsin All State Jazz band, on Posi-tone Records, and for esteemed musicians David Sanborn, Steve Davis, Ulysses Owens Jr, Rodney Whitaker, Michael Dease, Randy Napoleon, and others.
Passionate about igniting students to their path in music, Chris was previously the Arts Entrepreneurship and Career Programs Coordinator at Michigan State University's College of Music. In this work, he focused on helping undergraduates and graduates develop entrepreneurship skills in the arts, including networking, professional materials, online presence, and project development. He also has facilitated entrepreneurship masterclasses with musicians like Damien Sneed, Branford Marsalis, Sö Percussion, and Anthony Davis among others. He continues this entrepreneurship focused pedagogy in all of his teaching. When not performing, teaching, or arranging, Glassman enjoys playing too many board games with his wife Christine, reading, and doting over his cats Muffin and Dobby.