Chris Aschman, Multi-Instrumentalist / Bandleader
Trinidelphia's musical director Chris Aschman enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, educator, studio musician, and arranger in Philadelphia. Fluent on trumpet, steelpan, and bass guitar, he brings a special versatility to the many ensembles he performs with. This list of groups currently includes Bakithi Kumalo and the Graceland Band, The Renaissance Orchestra, Mbappe Songo, JC's Latin Jazz Allstars, Exodus Drive, Jah People, the Arch Street Presbyterian Church Choir, and the Chris Aschman Electric Quartet.
A Baltimore native, Chris segued to Philadelphia to study jazz trumpet at the University Of the Arts with bebop jedi/trumpeter John Swana in 2004. Since this time, he has performed with the likes of Paquito D'Rivera, Stanley Clarke, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Bakithi Kumalo, Chaka Khan, Kool and the Gang, Andy Narell, Guster, Father John Misty, The O'Jays, G Love and Special Sauce, Lotus, Dopapod, Phil Roy, and a host of incredible local musicians. He has appeared at venues ranging from the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, The National Cathedral in Washtington DC, the Queens Park Savannah in Port of Spain Trinidad, the Iridium (NYC), Joe's Pub (NYC), The Jazz Standard (NYC), and countless others. Chris continues to span his reach with upcoming tours and musical pilgrimages and is excited for the post-pandemic musical climate.