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Jazz is a family of languages, and Mr. Dingman is polylinguial.
  - Ben Ratliff, New York Times
Recent Recordings:
Chris Dingman, 'Waking Dreams'

Steve Lehman octet, 'Mise En Abime'

Noah Baerman, 'Ripples'

Sean Moran, 'Tusk'

Michael Webster, 'Momentus'

Mike Moreno, 'Another Way'

Harris Eisenstadt, 'Canada Day III'

Harris Eisenstadt, 'Canada Day Octet'

David Ullmann, 'Falling'

Anthony Braxton, 'Trillium E'

Erica Von Kleist, 'No Exceptions'

Adam Rudolph, 'Can You Imagine.'

Bryan and the Aardvarks, 'Heroes of Make Believe'

Harris Eisenstadt, 'Canada Day II'

Noah Baerman, 'Know Thyself'

Harris Eisenstadt, 'Canada Day'

Steve Lehman, 'Travail, Transformation...'

Ambrose Akinmusire, 'Prelude: to Cora'

Steve Lehman, 'On Meaning'


  • January 2015: Chris's new suite The Subliminal and the Sublime will be featured at the 2015 Chamber Music America National Conference's Concert of Commissioned Works on January 18 at the DiMenna Center in midtown Manhattan. The concert is free and open to the public.
      - Concert Information>>

  • December 2014: Steve Lehman Octet's new album Mise en Abime is voted #1 Jazz of Album of the Year in the 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. The poll spotlights Chris's vibes solo on the feature track "Chimera/Luchini," using the alternately-tuned bars made for the album.
      - See the Poll and Hear the Track>>

  • June 2014: Chris places highly in both the Vibraphone and Rising Star Vibraphone categories in the 2014 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll
      - See the Poll Results>>

  • Feb 2014: Chris is making a special guest appearance in Miami, FL at Miami-Dade College to perform a free concert with faculty and present a clinic for students on February 19th.
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  • November 2013: Chris will present the World Premiere of his new commissioned suite The Subliminal and the Sublime on Nov 22 at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, and Nov 23 at SubCulture in NYC!
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  • June 2013: Chris will be making his first appearance in Chicago as a leader at Constellation on July 6th!
      - Get Tickets Here>>

  • March 2013: Chris will bring a new trio to The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, March 16 for an evening of musical soundscapes with guitarist Ryan Ferreira and cellist Okkyung Lee.
      - Get Tickets Here>>

  • January 2013: Chris's composition "Clear the Rain" is now the official music bed for the WNYC Radio hourly station ID.
      - More About WNYC and Clear the Rain>>

  • November 2012: The Chris Dingman Quartet is one of 30 groups to play the Central Park Jazz & Colors Festival on November 10th. Other bands include the Mingus Big Band, Gregoire Maret, Wayne Escoffery, the Klezmatics, and many others. Don't miss this important event in the history of jazz and central park.
      - More about Jazz & Colors>>

  • October 2012: Chris is featured in the November issue of DownBeat Magazine, in a great article about his approach to music, composition, and life in general.
      - See the Article>>

  • July 2012: Chris received the New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, to write a new suite of music for the Waking Dreams ensemble, to be premiered and recorded in 2013.
      - About the Grant>>

  • June 2012: Chris is voted Rising Star Vibraphonist of the Year in the 2012 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll
      - See the Poll Results>>

  • April 2012: Chris Dingman's Waking Dreams will be performing at the 2012 Undead Music Festival on May 9th at Sullivan Hall, NYC. The festival features a huge number of great bands performing at multiple venues in Greenwich Village and beyond.
      - Buy Tickets Here>>

  • April 2012: Chris is nominated for Up and Coming Artist of the Year in the JJA Jazz Awards 2012.
      - See the Nominees>>

  • February 2012: Chris is a featured guest on NPR's new show
    Piano Jazz: Rising Stars for an hour-long program of solo and duo performances of standards, originals - including "Zaneta" and "Manhattan Bridge" - and improvisations with host Jon Weber.
      - Listen to the Show>>

  • January 2012: Waking Dreams was voted Debut Album of the Year by over 120 jazz critics nationwide in the 2011 Rhapsody Jazz Critics Poll (formerly the Village Voice critics poll).
      - See the Poll Results>>

  • January 2012: The Los Angeles Times published a glowing review for Chris's West Coast premiere of Waking Dreams, live at the Blue Whale on January 3rd.
      - Read the Review Here>>

  • December 2011: Waking Dreams was listed as one of the top albums of the year and debut of the year by numerous publications and critics, including Jazz Times, Slate Magazine, The New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz, and many others.
      - See More Press>>

  • December 2011: Waking Dreams was named one of the Top Ten Jazz Albums of the Year by Slate Magazine. Critic Fred Kaplan, also of Stereophile, calls the music "very lyrical, very appealing."
      - Waking Dreams on>>

  • October 2011: Chris was featured on WNYC's acclaimed show Soundcheck with host Jon Schaefer, performing live with his quintet and talking about his work as a vibraphonist and bandleader.
      - Listen to the Show>>

  • August 2011: Waking Dreams continues to garner accolades from critics and audiences worldwide, including a glowing 4-star review from DownBeat Magazine, and high praise as "a lyrically resplendent masterpiece" (Jazz Review) and "one of the essential recordings of our time" (El Nuevo Dia).
      - Waking Dreams on CD Baby>>

  • July 24, 2011: Chris was featured in the Sunday New York Times! The article "Creating Uncommon Vibes" describes Dingman and vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz as "both seekers, both invading the space between free improvisation and the consensual mainstream jazz language, both suggesting changes of style and even function in their instrument."
      - Read the Full Article>>

  • July 2011: The glowing reviews for Waking Dreams keep pouring in. The album is being called "brilliant", "deeply lyrical" and "thoroughly accessible" by All About Jazz and The New York Times. Stereophile calls it "a very big, pleasant surprise," and Jazz Times critic David Adler picked Waking Dreams for his Six Picks for July, alongside Pat Metheny, Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, and Craig Taborn.
      - More Press for Waking Dreams>>

  • June 21, 2011: Waking Dreams releases to international critical acclaim, including a glowing review in the New York Times and a feature on BBC's Jazz on 3!
      - Listen to Waking Dreams>>

  • June 2011: Early praise for Waking Dreams is in! The album has already been called "gorgeous" and "one of the year's watershed recordings" by Time Out New York, "exquisite" by Hot House Jazz, and commended for "inventive exchange after inventive exchange" by the Village Voice.
      - See more Press>>

  • April 2011: The release date for Waking Dreams is set for June 21, 2011! The album features Chris's original compositions, as performed by a stellar band including Ambrose Akinmusire, Loren Stillman, Fabian Almazan, Joe Sanders, and Justin Brown. Save the date to celebrate with the band at the official release party at the Jazz Gallery on Saturday, June 18th!!
      - See All Performances>>

  • March 2011: Bryan and the Aardvarks's album, Heroes of Make Believe, has been released! The album features bassists and composer Bryan Copeland, drummer Joe Nero, Dingman on vibes, and pianist Fabian Almazan, whose cinematic production work is featured heavily throughout.
      - Heroes of Make Believe on CD Baby>>

  • January 2011: Chris's debut album, Waking Dreams, is now in post-production! Stay tuned for exact release date, the CD release performance, how to get the album and much more...
      - Visit Waking Dreams on Kickstarter>>

  • December 2010: Noah Baerman's album, Know Thyself, has been released! The album is now streaming in its entirety for free on Noah's website.
      - Listen to Know Thyself>>

  • October 2010: Chris Dingman's Waking Dreams received a glowing review from the Hartford Courant for its Connecticut debut at Firehouse 12 in New Haven.
      - See the review>>

  • July 2010: For the 2nd year in a row, Chris was named a Rising Star on Vibes in Downbeat Magazine's annual Critics Poll.
      - Link to Downbeat's site>>

  • March 2010: Chris Dingman's Waking Dreams received a rave review from New York Times critic Nate Chinen for its debut performance at the Jazz Gallery!
      - Check out the review>>

  • August 2009: Downbeat Magazine has named Chris a Rising Star on Vibes in the 2009 Critics Poll.
      - Link to Downbeat's site>>