CALEB CHAPMAN’s incredibly unique combination of skills as a producer, educator, author, and performer have marked him as a rising star in the music industry. At just 43 years of age, Caleb’s impact is already being felt at the global level.
His bands comprised 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 a combined 45 of the prestigious DownBeat Awards in the last 9 years, 25 Best of State Medals in the categories of arts and education, and 3 of the highly coveted Best of State Statue (BOSS) Awards from Utah (the only business in any industry to achieve this honor). Since 2005 they have shared the stage with over 200 guest artists including GRAMMY-winners 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/or recorded with members of such well-known bands as Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Journey, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tower of Power, the Rolling Stones, Neon Trees, and the Saturday Night Live Band.
Caleb’s flagship ensemble, the Crescent Super Band, has a long list of performance credits that includes many of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals such as North Sea, Montreux, Vienne, Umbria, and more. They filled a headlining spot 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.
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 by far the youngest to ever receive this honor. Additionally, Caleb has been named Utah’s “Best Educator” (2011) and “Best Music Educator” (2012, 2014, 2016) by Utah Best of State. Caleb was a national semi-finalist for the 2015 and 2016 “GRAMMY Music Educator Award.” He currently serves 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 Caleb was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert to serve as the music representative on the Utah Arts Council Board. His appointment was ratified by a unanimous vote 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 of 2013 and has already sold upwards of 10,000 copies. He has also written for Hal Leonard Publishing and JAZZed Magazine.
Caleb is 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.
Caleb is an artist and clinician for Yamaha Saxophones, D’Addario Reeds, JodyJazz Mouthpieces, and Planet Wave Cables.