Chris Trzcinski

Chris Trzcinski is an active drummer/educator on the Asian music scene. Having resided in Shanghai, China for 6 years, he regularly performs with the most sought after ensembles in the Shanghai vicinity. He is best known for his ability to perform a wide variety of music, spanning from Rock, Pop, Jazz, Flamenco, and classical, which in turn makes him one of the busiest musicians on the Shanghai music scene.

Throughout the years Chris has had the honor of sharing the stage with great artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Laura Fygi, Kenny Burrell, Ira Sullivan, Buddy Morrow, Frankie Avalon, Shawn Jones, Sa DingDing, Wang Leehom, J.J. Lin, Jam Hsiao, Shunza, Li Quan, and Coco Zhao. He has also played with accomplished ensembles such as The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Cleveland Philharmonic, The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and The JZ All-Star Big Band.

Chris has toured extensively throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed in music festivals such as Montreal Jazz festival, Hamburg Reeperbahn Music Festival, Yokohama Jazz Festival, Shanghai International Jazz Festival, Beijing Jazz festival, Penang Jazz Festival, Taichung Jazz Festival, and Tri-C Festival.

Aside from live performance, he has worked as a session drummer appearing on numerous recordings. Some of the more recent recordings include: Sa DingDing “Live at Royal Albert Hall”, HuYanBin, Li Quan, Alec Haavik “Ye Shanghai”, Andy Hunter Quartet, Possicobilites “Dream Situation”, Lawrence Ku “Process”, Far East Quartet, and 24hrusa.

Chris is also widely active with music education in China. His ability to teach bilingually has brought him opportunities that would otherwise be closed to non-Chinese. He currently holds a teaching residence at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and the Jz School.

2009  Dee Dee Bridgewater(Jz Shanghai Jazz Festival)

Sa Dingding(Royal Albert Hall, London)
/Womad Festival,England
/Dún Laoghaire Festival,Ireland
/Lisbon, Portugal
/Laura Fygi(Shanghai Jazz Festival)

Li Quan(BMW Asian Open Gala Party)
/Le Royal Meridian(Monday nights at Club 789)

Alec Haavik
/Jz Club, Fuxing International Jazz Festival

/Montreal Jazz festival; Hamburg Reeperbahn Music Festival; Yokohama Jazz Festival, Shanghai International Jazz Festival; Beijing Jazz festival; Thailand; Panang Jazz Festival; Jz Club

Jz Club
/Frequently appears at Shanghai’s notoriously famous jazz club (Jz All-star Big Band, Erica Lee band, J.Q. Whitcomb quintet, Red Groove Project, Possicobilites)

/Performed every Monday night with Erica Lee’s Band

House of Blues and Jazz
/Andy Hunter Quartet

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
/The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was and is recognized as one of the best all-around dance bands. With the band, Chris has toured extensively throughout N. America, S. America, and Europe.

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra

Original Music Ensemble’s
/The Living Sound Ensemble, Superbabies, 24hrusa, UNKL, Slander Media, Pinger Ponger, Dakyr.

Special appearances and one night performances
/Ira Sullivan, Diana Krall, Kenny Burrell, Frankie Avalon, Chris Potter, Robin Eubanks, Chip Stevens, Shawn Jones,
/Other notable performances/engagements
/Erica Lee band, Dwight Dickerson trio, Florent supernatural orchestra, Westin Grand opening (Beijing), 2006 Fuxing International jazz festival, 2007 Jazzy /Shanghai Festival, 2007 Beijing Jazz Festival, 2005 Budweiser Tour of Tibet.



Sa Dingding (Performance backing tracks)
LiQuan (Freelance pop recordings)
Hu YanBin (Freelance pop recordings)
JZ All Star Big Band “JZ”
Possicobilites “Dream Situation”
Rolf Becker (unreleased)
Lawrence Ku “Process”
Alec Haavik and Friction Five “Ye Shanghai”; “Eye Opener (L.P.)”
The Far East Quartet “Something Real”
Andy Hunter Quartet “The slow road to Shanghai”


Y.S.U. Jazz Ensemble “Biddle de Bop”
Damian Knapp “Will You Cry When I Die”
Justin Gorsky “The Top”
24hrusa “Self-titled”
The Living Sound Ensemble “Self-titled”
Genuine Son “Return”