Christos Rafalides


Upon receiving a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, Christos moved to Boston where he completed his B.A. studying with Ed Saindon. Then he moves to Manhattan to finish his M.A. at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with acclaimed jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke. Christos found his personal voice when he established 'Manhattan Vibes’, a band that has appeared at many of NYCs cutting edge venues including the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, Smoke Jazz Club and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola. 

Recent highlights include performances with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis, a US tour with the Charles Mingus ‘Epitaph’ Band featuring bassist Christian McBride and conductor Gunther Schuller, a recording with the Harmony Ensemble of NY of Henry Mancini’s ‘Peter Gunn’ featuring Lew Soloff, Ronnie Cuber and Victor Lewis, recordings with vocalists Chaka Khan and a duo performance at Carnegie Hall with pianist Sergio Salvatore. For several years Christos has been a guest faculty member at the ‘Zeltsman Marimba Festival’ which takes place every summer in different parts of the world. He also has an Artist Residency at the ‘Music Village’ in Greece. He makes his home in New York City.