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Chris Thompson: Bio

I first remember getting excited about the trumpet when my father took me to see Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in 1966.  I was eight years old.  As a teenager I saw a TV  program about Charlie Parker and heard Herbie Hancock's recording of "Maiden Voyage" with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet. They really blew me away. I started practicing and taking private lessons with Ray Crisara, Carmine Caruso, and Vincent Penzarella. I discovered Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Woody Shaw and other greats along the way.  While earning a BFA degree in Music at City College of New York I started playing latin gigs around New York and have since shared the stage with many of the greats in Salsa music, including Tony Vega, Lalo Rodriguez, Adalberto Santiago, Cano Estremera, Tito Gomez, Cita Rodriguez and countless others.  I have toured the United States with the Broadway hit show "Chicago" and performed in fifteen countries on four continents with various jazz, pop, latin and R&B groups.