Lyn Christie

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Lyn Christie
Birth name Lyndon Van Christie
Born 3 August 1928[citation needed]
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Bassist
Instruments Double bass

Lyn Christie, MD, (born Lyndon Van Christie; 3 August 1928) is an Australian-born American jazz bassist. He earned a medical degree from Otago Medical School, New Zealand, and, while practicing as a physician in Australia, played in the Australian jazz scene until he moved to New York City in the mid-1960s.

In New York, he initially worked as a medical doctor, continued to play jazz and attended the Juilliard School of Music. Christie has played with a variety of notable jazz musicians including Ahmad Jamal, Jaki Byard, Chet Baker, Paul Winter, Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Tal Farlow and many others.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

In the 1970s he established a teaching position and eventually became Director Emeritus of Jazz Studies at Westchester Conservatory in New York State.[citation needed]

External links[edit]

  • Profile,; accessed 6 March 2015.


  1. ^ Eugene Chadbourne,Lyn Christie profile,; accessed 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies, by Leonard Feather & Ira Gitler, New York: Horizon Press, 1976.
  3. ^ The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz; First Edition, two volumes, edited by Barry Kernfeld, London: Macmillan Press, 1988.
  4. ^ The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, edited by Barry Kernfeld, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994.
  5. ^ The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Second edition. Three volumes, edited by Barry Kernfeld, London: Macmillan Publishers, 2002.
  6. ^ International Who's Who in Music and Musicians' Directory;. Eighth edition, Cambridge, England: International Who's Who in Music, 1977.
  7. ^ Biographical Dictionary of Jazz, by Charles Eugene Claghorn (1911–2005), Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1982.