Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band's release Paradise in Trouble on Jazzheads Records was nominated as the best Latin jazz record of 2004. Their most recent release, Fields of Moons, was voted the best jazz release of the week by All About Jazz.

Chris Washburne is a professor of ethnomusicology at Columbia University and the Founding Director of Columbia’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program. He has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. His newest book, Sounding Salsa: Performing Latin Music in New York, was published in 2008 by Temple University Press. He co-edited the volume Bad Music (2004) and is currently working on a book on Latin Jazz, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2011. As a performer, he was voted a “Rising Star of the Trombone” in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Downbeat Critics Polls. He has recorded more than 150 albums and performed with numerous jazz and Latin groups including Tito Puente, Anthony Braxton, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Ruben Blades, Justin Timberlake, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, Ray Barretto, and Eddie Palmieri.