Christian Tamburr is an internationally renowned vibraphonist and pianist with touring and performances in over 65 countries around the world. Downbeat Magazine recognized him with the “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performer” award and the “Critics Choice Top Rising Star” award on vibraphone. He currently leads the critically acclaimed Christian Tamburr Quintet featured recently in a string of sold out performances at Lincoln Center in New York City in November of 2015 and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in April 2016. His newest album “People Talk” topped the 2016 national jazz charts for 2 months and led to touring in Shanghai China, Doha Qatar, Abu Dhabi, and various festivals throughout the US. In 2014 and 2015 Christian held the ‘Artist in Residence’ at Florida Institute of Technology where he presented concerts, educational outreach, and established a curriculum for recognizing the value of the arts and its influence on technology. In addition to his public performances he currently travels as CEO and lead presenter for Sonic Leadership (www.sonicleadership.com) bringing unique musically inspired presentations on leadership and training to companies around the Globe. He is the currently pianist and arranger for vocalist Clint Holmes and the on staff composer and arranger for ShowHive and Norwegian Cruise Line Productions.
Christian has worked as Musical Director for Latin vocal legend Julio Iglesias, Cirque du Soleil in Macau China and Penn & Teller in Las Vegas. He has performed on vibraphone as special guest with pianist Dave Brubeck, as featured solo percussionist with Michael Feinstein and headlined with the Charlotte Symphony. He has performed private concerts for NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan, and was hired to entertain at the highly publicized surprise birthday party for actress Julia Roberts in New York City. Christian’s first album “Move” was released as a part of a Starbucks Gift Set available around the US.
Christian first started performing jazz at the age of 14, now 36, he has had the opportunity to tour and perform with many of the jazz legends including, Clark Terry, James Moody, Kenny Barron, Milt Hinton, Bucky Pizarelli, Tal Farlow, Nicolas Payton, Billy Drummond, Matt Wilson, Eric Marienthal, Marcus Printup, Nicolas Payton, Mark Murphy, Clint Holmes, Ann Hampton Calaway and Rene Marie.
Christian and his groups have performed at some of the most prestigious venues around the world including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington DC), Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center (NYC), The Blue Note (NYC), Ravinia (Chicago), The Brubeck Institute (Stockton, CA) Yoshi’s Jazz Club (Oakland, CA), Pizza Express Dean Street (London), Olympia Theater (Paris), Jazz at the St. Regis (Doha, Qatar), The Central (Shanghai, China), Motion Blue (Tokyo), Monte Casino (Cape Town, South Africa), The Bellagio Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas), The North Sea Jazz Festival (Amsterdam), The Atlanta Jazz Festival, The San Jose Jazz Festival, The Chandler Jazz Festival, and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Since 2006, Christian has produced “The Jazz at Sea” music spotlight, performing and featuring some of the top names in jazz onboard Regent and Oceania Cruise Lines. Christian works as a producer, arranger, and composer in many genres. His music can be heard on TV, full-length motion pictures, and on-stage productions around the world. As an educator and lecturer, Christian travels to High Schools and Colleges presenting workshops and master classes on performance, composition, arranging, and music business.
The Christian Tamburr Quartet, Trio, and Duo project recordings include: Move 2006, Arrivals 2007, Traveling South 2008, Conversations 2011, Places 2012, Voyage 2014, People Talk 2016 released under Tamburr World Wide Productions. Christian is endorsed by Blackwing Pencils and www.pencils.com, Pro-Mark Sticks and Mallets, and plays exclusively Musser Vibraphones.
1995 – Michael Andrew
"Mickey Swingerhead and Earthgirls"
Show Soundtrack – Michael Andrew Records
1997 – Michael Andrew
"She Could Be a Spy"
Michael Andrew and Swingerhead - Colossal Records
1999 – Michael Andrew
"Michael Andrew Presents a Swingerhead Christmas"
Michael Andrew Records
2000 – Peggy Black
"Let’s Do It"
Towery Studio Records
2001 – Roger King Jr.
2002 – Noel Freidline Quintet
"Four Nights at the Slammer"
2002 – Mike Jones, Christian Tamburr, Penn Jillette
"Tamburr Jones Trio"
2003 – Noel Freidline Quintet
"Carry Me Home"
2003 – Showtime Television
"Theme Song for Penn and Teller BullSh**"
Stockdale Sound Inc / Showtime TV
2004 – The Christian Tamburr Quartet
Christian Tamburr Music Records
2005 – Takana Miyamoto and Christian Tamburr
"An Afternoon Together"
2005 – Amy Baker / The Christian Tamburr Trio
"In & Out of Love"
2007 – The Christian Tamburr Quartet
"Arrivals" – featuring Ira Sullivan
2008 – Takana Miyamoto and Christian Tamburr
2008 – Allan Vache
"With Benny in Mind"
2010 – Karl Weismantel
"Smile for the Count"
2011 – Satsuki Iida
"I Thought About You"
2011 – Takana Miyamoto and Christian Tamburr
2011 – Karl Young
"Lost in the Wood"
2012 – The Christian Tamburr Quartet
Christian Tamburr Music
"Tamburr and his Group are well within the jazz tracdition. He sets the pace of collective improvistaion with never-ending energy, with the mallets going from a slow feathery touch to a blurring speed. His Phrasing when soloing is thoughtful and slowly simmers as he resolves his musical ideas."
– Jack McCray, The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC
"I love this CD. I can't hear enough of it. It gets to the end and I just push play again..."
– Penn, Penn and Teller
"One of the most inventive and creative vibraphonists I have heard in years."
– Eric Cohen, WAER Jazz 88
"...world-class jazz in every way."
– Tommy Saville, BBC Radio Nottingham
"I am honored to recognize such legendary jazz artists as the Christian Tamburr Quartet..."
– Jeb Bush, Governor of the state of Florida
"The hottest young vibes player on the scene today. Christian is pure throwback to the swing of Hampto, the technique of Norvo, the coolness of Tjaderall all wrapped into one package - plus his on stage musical presence is a force by itself."
– Bob Masteller, owner of the Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island
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