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Chris Washburne

Chris Washburne

As if it wasn’t enough that trombonist Chris Washburne suffered the usual consequences of being a New York-based jazz musician, doctors told him in 1992 that he had a virulent form of nerve cancer and a 50 percent chance of surviving an operation. Washburne played one more gig with buddies as the SYOTOS (See You on the Other Side) band, then opted for surgery. He beat all the odds and began playing again after six months of rigorous retraining to overcome facial nerve damage.

Debuting as leader with Nyorican Nights (Jazzheads label), Washburne achieves a striking, well-balanced, salsa-jazz sound bolstered by a veteran lineup that includes Ole Mathisen (tenor sax), Barry Olsen (piano), Harvie Swartz (bass), percussionists Bobby Sanabria and Wilson “Chembo” Corniel, and founding members trumpeter Ray Vega and drummer Vince Cherico.

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