About

 

Since his arrival in New York in 1989, Tom Christensen’s saxophone voice has set him apart. All Music Guide says, “Christensen possesses the goods to be a major force within the global modern jazz arena.” Jazz composers from Toshiko Akiyoshi to David Liebman to Rufus Reid have found fuel for their musical visions in Tom’s dynamic solos. His mastery of double reeds, flutes and clarinets led the Detroit Free Press to describe his work as “fresh, intelligent” music that “honors post-bop improvisation without falling into clichés associated with bebop, modal jazz or the superficial exotica of world music.” Jazz masters from Joe Lovano and Paquito D’Rivera to David Sanchez and Don Sebesky have featured Tom on recordings, and he’s performed and toured with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, to name just a few. Most recently, Tom can be heard on Rufus Reid’s Grammy nominated CD Quiet Pride, David Liebman’s A Tribute to Wayne Shorter, and on Ryan Truesdell’s Grammy nominated The Gil Evans Project: Lines of Color. As bandleader and composer, Tom won a composition grant from Chamber Music America for an extended work based on the poetry of Frank O’Hara. Tom featured the piece on his third solo project, New York School (Playscape), a CD All About Jazz listed as one its Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2005. Tom’s latest collaborations include Spin Cycle with drummer Scott Neumann, and The Kailash Trio featuring Tim Sund and Tomas Ulrich. He performs regularly in clubs around New York City and in Broadway’s pit orchestras. Tom is also the co-founder of Sound Footing Records, and he teaches jazz at New York’s prestigious Fieldston School.

 

Discography

 

As A Leader

Gualala (NaxosJazz, 2000)

Paths (Playscape-Recordings, 2002)

New York School (Playscape-Recordings, 2005)

with Spin Cycle

Spin Cycle (Sound Footing Records, 2016)

with Ryan Truesdell and The Gil Evans Project

Live at the Jazz Standard (Artist Share, 2014) Grammy Nominated

with The Kailash Trio

Americana (Nabel, 2003)

Kailash (Nabel, 2007)

with The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra

Monopoly Game (BMG, 1998)

Tribute to Duke Ellington (BMG, 1999) Grammy Nominated

Hiroshima: Rising from the abyss (BMG, 2001)

Last Live at the Blue Note (Warner Bros Japan, 2004)

In Shanghai (After Beat, 2011)

with Rufus Reid

Quiet Pride (Motema, 2014) Grammy Nominated

with Joe Lovano

Celebrating Sinatra (Blue Note, 1997) Grammy Nominated

Viva Caruso (Blue note, 2002)

with Cheap Trick

Sgt. Pepper Live (Big 3 Records 2009)

with Don Sebesky

I remember Bill (BMG, 1998)

A Joyful Noise (BMG, 1999) Grammy Winner

with Paquito D’Rivera

Portraits of Cuba (Chesky, 1996) Grammy Winner

with John Pizzarelli

Our Love Is Here To Stay (RCA, 1997)

with David Sanchez

Obsession (Columbia, 1998) Grammy Nominated

with Pete McGuinness

First Flight (Summit, 2007) Grammy Nominated

Strength In Numbers (Summit, 2014)

with Michael Musillami

Spirits (Playscape-Recordings, 2004)

Dachau (Playscape-Recordings, 2005)

with John Hollenbeck

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble (Omnitone, 2005)

with David Liebman and The David Liebman Big Band

The Seasons Reflected (Blacksaint, 2003)

A Tribute to Wayne Shorter (Summit, 2014)