Every Sunday, The Whistler and North Coast Brewing team up to present our favorite jazz artists at The Patron Saint of Jazz series.
- Matt Gold — guitar
- Dan Pierson — keys
- Christian Dillingham — bass
- Jeremy Cunningham — drums
Bassist Christian Dillingham is equally at home in two musical worlds. He is that rare musician who excels in an orchestral setting, yet has the improvisational skills necessary for jazz.
Dillingham studied at Youngstown State University under the instruction of Tony Leonardi. He continued at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, working with Jeffrey Turner, principal bass of the Pittsburgh Symphony, receiving a Master’s of Music degree in Music Performance.
Upon graduation, Dillingham joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons. He has since made frequent appearances in Chicago, playing with the Lyric Opera, the Grant Park Symphony, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and the Chicago Opera Theatre. Dillingham is a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chicago Philharmonic.
As a jazz musician, he has performed at the Green Mill, the Jazz Showcase, Constellation Chicago, Andy’s Jazz Club, Elastic Arts, the Chicago Jazz Festival and other Chicago venues. Dillingham has played and recorded with dozens of musicians, including Melvin Butler, Kevin Mahogany, Willie Pickens, Dee Alexander, Victor Goines, Bobby Broom, Sean Jones, Jim Gailloreto, Nick Mazzarella, Greg Ward, Avreeayl Ra and Mike Reed. He leads the Christian Dillingham Quintet.
North Coast Brewing is a proud supporter of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. For every case of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale sold, North Coast Brewing makes a contribution to the Institute in support of jazz education. To date they’ve contributed over one million dollars to the Institute.