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

About Christopher Dean Sullivan

“... 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

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"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 Quartet Features


Mala Waldron

Pianist / Vocal

Thought vocalist, pianist and composer, Mala Waldron is the daughter of jazz pianist/composer, Mal Waldron (“Soul Eyes”), and goddaughter of Billie Holiday, she brings her own approach to the stage, whether playing piano, vocalizing, or a combination of the both, the audience will always observe and listen with joy.

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

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  • Newburgh, New York, United States

Publicity: Ferry GodMother Productions (225) 366-2442