Chris Dingman On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

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 Chris Dingman's song "Manhattan Bridge" was inspired by his daily commute to and from work: "[There's] this moment of beauty when you emerge on the Manhattan Bridge and you see the whole city before you, and there's this feeling of hope." i i

hide caption Chris Dingman's song "Manhattan Bridge" was inspired by his daily commute to and from work: "[There's] this moment of beauty when you emerge on the Manhattan Bridge and you see the whole city before you, and there's this feeling of hope."

Zachary Maxwell Stertz
 Chris Dingman's song "Manhattan Bridge" was inspired by his daily commute to and from work: "[There's] this moment of beauty when you emerge on the Manhattan Bridge and you see the whole city before you, and there's this feeling of hope."

Chris Dingman's song "Manhattan Bridge" was inspired by his daily commute to and from work: "[There's] this moment of beauty when you emerge on the Manhattan Bridge and you see the whole city before you, and there's this feeling of hope."

Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Chris Dingman is one of the few elite musicians who keep the role of vibraphonist/leader alive in jazz today. He cut his teeth at the Thelonious Monk Institute, and his album Waking Dreams is a 14-piece suite based on music Dingman dreamed.

"The thing that happens to me most, actually, is [that] fragments or pieces or repeating pieces of music are ringing in my head as I'm dreaming, and often during the waking hours," Dingman says. "And on occasion, I have woken up with these fragments in my head and written them down."

Here, Dingman performs an original tune solo ("Zaneta"), then later duets with host Jon Weber in his own "Manhattan Bridge" and Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance."

Set List

"Zaneta" (C. Dingman)

"Alone Together" (A. Schwartz)

"Manhattan Bridge" (C. Dingman)

"Dolphin Dance" (H. Hancock)

"The Perpetrator" (M.P. Mossman)

"Windows" (C. Corea)

Improvisation

"Moment's Notice" (J. Coltrane)

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