Chris Aschman is one of Philadelphia's most active freelance musicians. As at home on the steelpan as he is on the trumpet, he brings a versatile and individual touch to the many ensembles he performs with. Originally from Baltimore, he studied jazz trumpet at the University of the Arts and soon found himself immersed in Philadelphia's cultured music scene.

He has performed along side artists such as Stanley Clarke, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Andy Narell, Vivian Greene, The O'Jays, John Swana, Ken 'Professor" Philmore, The Boxtops, Anthony Hamilton, Melba Moore, Phil Roy, Larry McKenna, Freddie Jackson, Dave Allen, Carlo DeRosa, and many others. He has performed in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, The Jazz Standard (NYC), The Painted Bride Arts Center, The Sellersville Theater, Small's Jazz Club (NYC), The Knitting Factory, Philly's TLA, Joe's pub (NYC), World Cafe Live, the Ambler Theater, Ortlieb's Jazz Haus, Chris' Jazz Cafe, and others still.

He currently leads three ensembles, The Chris Aschman Group (modern jazz quartet), Trinidelphia (caribbean jazz ensemble), and the Chance of Rain trio (straight-ahead jazz trio). Other ensembles he is a part of are Highbrid, Sam Cohen's Latin Jazz All Stars, Hypercube, Slowburn, the Charles Lane Quartet, The Venissa Santi Quintet, Dr. Ketchup, Macana. Be on the lookout for his debut album release in 2012, just in time for the end of the world.

Chris' favorite artists and influences encompass a wide variety of styles. In no particular order, they are: Jeff Buckley, Clifford Brown, Jaco Pastorius, Andre Crouch, Freddie Hubbard, Snarky Puppy, Ken "Professor" Philmore, The Dirty Projectors, Lee Morgan, Aaron Parks, Kneebody, Nicholas Payton, Sly and the Family Stone, Othello Mullineaux, Alex Sipiagin, Jit Samaroo, Shuggie Otis, Dave Douglas, Avishai Cohen, and Ray Hargrove.