Caleb Chapman

Caleb Chapman Biography

A GRAMMY-nominated educator, producer, author, executive, and saxophonist, Caleb Chapman is regarded as a visionary and leading voice in modern music education.

His bands of musicians ages 12-18 are regarded as some of the finest in the world. Utah Governor Gary Herbert presented Caleb with the prestigious 2013 "Governor's Performing Artist Award," given to one artist annually for significant contributions to art in Utah. His bands have received dozens of awards, including a combined 85 prestigious DownBeat Awards, 32 Best of State Medals in the categories of arts and education, and three highly coveted Best of State Statue (BOSS) Awards from Utah (the only business in any industry to achieve this honor).

Since 2005 Caleb has shared the stage with over 200 guest artists, including GRAMMY-winners Branford Marsalis, David Sanborn, Gordon Goodwin, Joe Lovano, Poncho Sanchez, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Nicholas Payton, Esperanza Spalding, Eric Marienthal, Dave Weckl, Ernie Watts, Peter Erskine, and Dave Samuels. They have also performed and recorded with members of such well-known bands as Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, The Killers, Journey, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tower of Power, Steely Dan, AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, Neon Trees, and the Saturday Night Live Band, among others.

Caleb's flagship ensemble, the Crescent Super Band, has a long list of performance credits that includes many of the world's most prestigious music festivals in countries including Cuba, England, Mexico, China, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, and more. They filled headlining spots at the 2014 and 2017 Jazz Education Network Conferences and have previously performed at the Midwest Clinic. In May of 2013, the band made its headlining debut at Carnegie Hall to a packed house. Additionally, the band was a national finalist in Wynton Marsalis' "Essentially Ellington Festival" at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

In 2011, Caleb was named the "John LaPorta International Jazz Educator of the Year," one of the highest honors in music education. Age 37 at the time, he was the youngest ever to receive this honor. Additionally, Caleb has been named Utah's "Best Educator" (2011) and "Best Music Educator" (2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) by Utah Best of State. Caleb was a national semi-finalist for the 2015 and 2016 "GRAMMY Music Educator Award." He recently served as President for the Jazz Education Network (JEN), the world's leading organization for jazz education and advocacy. He was also invited to be the director of the prestigious 2014 Jazz Band of America in Indianapolis.

In 2014, Governor Gary Herbert appointed Caleb to serve as the music representative on the Utah Arts Council Board. A unanimous vote ratified his appointment by the Utah State Senate.

Caleb's book, The Articulate Jazz Musician, written with Dave Matthews Band saxophonist and multi-GRAMMY winner, Jeff Coffin, was released by Alfred Music in January 2013 and has sold more than 15,000 copies. He has also written for Hal Leonard Publishing and JAZZed Magazine.

Caleb is also an active saxophonist. He is a fixture in the Utah scene and has appeared with artists as varied as GRAMMY-winning bassist Christian McBride and Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn. He has performed the National Anthem on solo saxophone at NBA games for the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat, the Denver Nuggets, the Washington Wizards, and the Utah Jazz. His playing is featured on recordings by dozens of artists, including the GRAMMY-winning DJ Kaskade. In 2016 he was part of the Neon Trees touring band across the US, and co-founded the Osmond Chapman Orchestra with David Osmond, a member of the musical Osmond family and nephew of Donny Osmond.

Caleb is an artist and clinician for Yamaha Saxophones, D'Addario Reeds, JodyJazz Mouthpieces, and Planet Wave Cables.



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