Christian Fabian was born in Sweden, and moved to the U.S. in the ’90s to attend Berklee College. In New York he plays with Mike Longo’s NY State of the Art Jazz Ensemble and around the metro area. With Jason Marsalis he and the other members of The Native Jazz Quartet, which he co-founded, toured as Jazz Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department in 2013 and 2014.
Before receiving his scholarship at Berklee, Christian studied at Maastricht Conservatory in The Netherlands, recorded three albums with his band Time Design, and performed throughout Europe: Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Hungary. Lionel Hampton selected him as bassist for the Lionel Hampton Big Band in 1996, and he remains the Bass Chair of the Band. Other artists he has performed with include Jimmy Owens, Gary Burton, Danny Gottlieb, Lewis Nash, John La Porta, Elvin Jones, Cheryl Bentyne, Ed Thigpen, Makoto Ozone, Chaka Khan, Bob Mintzer, Charlie Mariano, Claudio Roditi, Rick Margitza and Jon Hendricks. His compositions earned two awards and three nominations with Hollywood Music in Media in 2008 and 2009 for Best Jazz Artist.
His duo with ukelele star Herb Otha produced the Japanese hit CD Stardust 4 Strings on JVC. Christian’s band Fabian Zone Trio has released six CDs since 2006 and reached #1 on Music Choice, Top 10 on Jazz Radio for Canada and Top 20 on Jazz Week 3 times.
Christian performed with Lionel Hampton from 1996 to 2002.
Find out more about Christian at his website www.christianfabian.com.