Chris Ott is a trombonist, beatboxer, composer, arranger, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a founding member of the band Huntertones as well as the brass band, Shag Horns. Chris has shared the stage with Ricky Martin, Allen Stone, Umphrey's McGee, Jeff Coffin, O.A.R., Vulfpeck, Lew Soloff, and performed with the national tour of Guys and Dolls, The Disneyland All-American College Band, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and many others. As a composer Chris has garnered honors including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award (2015, 2017), and being the 2017 winner of the American Trombone Workshop National Trombone Composition Competition. His composition "Welcome the Neighborhood" has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, and his latest composition work can be heard on Huntertones latest release, 'Passport.'
As an educator Chris has presented masterclasses and clinics in schools throughout the country. He's also served as a musical ambassador for the American Music Abroad program, presenting workshops and concerts throughout North, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe with Huntertones. Other teaching positions include work with the Miami Valley Jazz Camp, Jazz Arts Group Columbus, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.
Chris hails from Kettering, Ohio and studied Music Education and Jazz Performance at The Ohio State University. He received a Masters in Jazz Trombone Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Another side of his musical personality includes playing more obscure instruments like toy trumpets, slide whistles, and conch shells. His video “Toy Trumpet Virtuoso” has received millions of views all over the internet!
Chris performs on a King 2101L Trombone and exclusively uses Warburton Mouthpieces.