Christopher Dean Sullivan

“…Sullivan’s a bassist whose authoritative and bluesy bending’s of the notes honor his affection for legends such as Slam Stewart as well as Ray Brown.”
~ Steve Monroe, Jazz Journalists Association

“... Sullivan plays not just the upright bass strings but the bass itself, throwing himself into the performance not to draw the spotlight, but to impart a palpable joie de vive to go with his rhythmic, rippling (think Charlie Haden, somewhat) bass tones."
~ Mark Keresman,

Bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan
Recipient of various New York State Congress, Senate Proclamation, Assembly and Municipality Arts awards, as well as the recipient of the New York State Council of the Arts Champion for the Arts Award.
He has shared the stage in performance, and/or recorded, with Archie Shepp, Sheila Jordan, Yusef Lateef, Odean Pope,
Vanessa Rubin, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Jordan, Bob Gluck, Carl Grubbs,...just to name a few.

Chris has been working and touring his own ensemble projects over the past few years, performing at colleges, as well as festivals and Jazz Venues such as:
Jazz In The Valley Festival (New York State)
Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz (Los Angeles)
Newburgh Jazz Series (New York State)
Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Festival (Atlantic City)
The Jazz Workshop Trilogy Festival (Pittsburgh, PA),...and many others.

CDS Quartet project consist of music friends and colleagues,
Mala Waldron, Jay Hoggard, and Bobby Sanabria.
This collaboration succeeds in pushing the envelope in the tradition of the best progressive jazz in contemporary times no matter what categorical flag it flies under. Anyone who's preference is progressive jazz, and has enjoyed such in the past, has something new to look forward to.

....”Sophisticated Lady receives a swinging treatment, calling forth a sweet bass solo from Sullivan
~ Philip van Vleck, BILLBOARD critics’ choice

For More Information and other Projects:

"The Passion of the Performance is The Joy that Lies Within the Inner Sight of that Which Initiates the Feeling of the Surrounding Vibration, Derived From the Silence of Those that Listen"


The Christopher Dean Sullivan Quartet, featuring Mala Waldron, Bobby Sanabria, and Jay Hoggard, epitomizes versatility and excellence in jazz performance. Sullivan's masterful bass lines provide a solid foundation, while Waldron's expressive piano and vocals add a rich, emotive layer. Sanabria's dynamic drumming infuses the quartet with rhythmic vitality, and Hoggard's vibraphone artistry introduces a unique melodic dimension. Together, they create a seamless blend of innovation and tradition, captivating audiences with their technical prowess and cohesive synergy. This ensemble's ability to navigate diverse jazz styles and deliver compelling, nuanced performances sets them apart as a distinguished force in contemporary jazz.

Mala Waldron

Pianist / Vocal

"When you hear Mala Waldron's soulful voice…, you realize ... Waldron is not only an accomplished vocalist and songwriter, but also a fine pianist who hits the keys with great precision, bringing various musical influences into the jazz realm." ~ George W. Carroll, eJazzNews

Jay Hoggard


“Jay Hoggard has long ranked with the greatest vibraphone innovators. Jay’s music is positive, spiritual, uplifting, and happy. He masterfully draws on traditional and contemporary musical vocabulary to develop new directions for the vibraphone.” – ALL About Jazz

Bobby Sanabria

Drums / Percussion

Multi-Grammy nominee drummer Bobby Sanabria hosts the Latin Jazz Cruise on WBGO every Friday. “Sanabria is a human rhythm machine who constantly propels and in the process lights a fire…” ~ Harvey Siders, Jazz Times

  • $10.00
  •  6/16/2024 03:00 PM
  •   107 Henry Street, Kingston, NY, USA

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 Celebrate Father's Day with some live jazz at Rhythm Salon! This week we welcome the Christopher Dean Sullivan Quartet featuring Mala Waldron (piano), Jay Hoggard (vibraphone), Bobby Sanabria (drums + percussion) and led by bassist and TRANSART Artist-in-Residence Christopher Dean Sullivan. Doors open at 2:30 Show starts at 3:00 $10 at the door (CASH ONLY) Seating is limited RSVP: email This program is made possible through support from CRNY's Artist Employment Program.

  • $00.00
  •  6/8/2024 03:30 PM
  •   181-141 Carpenter Ave, Newburgh, NY 12550, USA
  •  7/29/2023 06:30 PM
  •   5941 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Saturday July 29th, 2023 Gene Kelly - Billy Strayhorn Theater THE JAZZ WORKSHOP INC. 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT 5941 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 The Jazz Workshop Inc. celebrates 50 years of dedication to Jazz in Pittsburgh PA. Commemorating this Honor and the contributions to this American World Social Music genre, they are showcasing esteemed artists Mala Waldron, daughter of the legendary Mal Waldron and god-daughter of the iconic vocalist Billie Holiday, the acclaimed vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, the multi-Grammy nominee drummer composer Bobby Sanabria, and the critically acclaimed bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan from Pittsburgh. They will elevate the genre while paying tribute to The Jazz Workshop Inc. Come join the 50th anniversary celebration while you witness this remarkable journey.

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Jazz Journey Quartet
Grammy Nominated Vocalist Angel Rose

..."ANGEL ROSE who does ballads with a silken voice and swings the blues.” ~ L. Fobins, Issuu Jazz Culture
Angel Rose is a 2 time Grammy Nominated vocal solo artist, for her work on Dizzy Gilespie's "Closer To The Source" (Atlantic Records) and her performance with the group Full Swing recording "End Of The Sky" (Cypress Records). Angel has worked with such music industry dignitaries as Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Chaka Kahn and Celine Dion. She's toured with major recording artists, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, George Duke, Diane Reeves and Najee...amongst others. Ms. Rose’s TV credits include film soundtracks such as "Fried Green Tomatoes and the special "Out All Nite" with Pattie Labelle. She's even made various film appearances such as "American Gangster" with Denzel Washington.

  • Newburgh, New York, United States

Publicity: Ferry GodMother Productions (225) 366-2442