Caleb Chapman

Caleb Chapman

Caleb’s vision and accomplishments have marked him as a rising star both domestically and internationally. As the President of Caleb Chapman Music, Caleb directs over 150 of Utah’s most talented young musicians in nine elite ensembles, including the Crescent Super Band, which has frequently been hailed as one of the best youth big bands in the world. 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 the award.

Caleb’s bands have been featured at many of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals including North Sea (The Netherlands), Montreux (Switzerland), Vienne (France), Umbria (Italy), Tuscany (Italy), and Puerto Vallarta (Mexico). In 2010, the Crescent Super Band was featured with jazz icon Toshiko Akiyoshi at the Telluride Jazz Festival. Caleb’s bands have also performed with over 200 guest artists, including Grammy® award-winners Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Christian McBride, Peter Erskine, Kurt Elling, Gordon Goodwin, Poncho Sanchez, Esperanza Spalding, Brian Lynch, Wayne Bergeron, Dave Weckl, Nicholas Payton, Jeff Coffin, Eric Marienthal, Ernie Watts, and Bob Mintzer. They have also been featured with musicians from such recognizable bands as Journey, Dave Matthews Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tower of Power, Genesis, the Saturday Night Live Band, and many others. Additionally, his bands have been featured on the Sirius XM “Real Jazz” Channel and released 8 full-length albums on the Big Swing Face record label.

Caleb’s students have been honored with 17 DownBeat Awards (7 of which came in 2012). The band has also won seven consecutive “Best of State” awards as Utah’s “Best Professional Band” in any genre. His program has twice won the prestigious Best of State Statue Award identifying Caleb’s program as the top organization in Arts and Entertainment in Utah (2008 and 2012), beating out every other professional music, arts, and film organization in the state for the honor. Caleb personally won the Utah Best of State medal for Utah’s “Best Educator” (2011) and “Best Music Educator” (2012).Graduates of his program have been placed in the top music schools in the country including Juilliard, the University of Miami, the Berklee College of Music, USC, the Manhattan School of Music, and many others.In 2012, these recognitions led to an invitation for Caleb’s musicians to headline their own night the world’s most famous concert venue, Carnegie Hall, in May of 2013.

In 2013, Caleb released his first book with Alfred Publishing, The Articulate Jazz Musician.  The text explains Caleb’s celebrated method for teaching jazz articulation and style to young musicians and features 14 original tunes from multi-Grammy winning member of the Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Coffin.  In addition to Jeff, the accompanying play-along CD includes the talents of Grammy-winning brothers, Victor and Roy “Futureman” Wooten, as well as Chris Walters.

Caleb's efforts in music have also earned three declarations from Utah former Governor, John Huntsman, Jr. He was named to the "Fab 50" List for 2010 by Utah Valley Magazine. In 2007 he was honored as the inaugural inductee into the Horne School of Music Hall of Fame and received the “Superior Accomplishment in Music Award” from the Utah Music Educators Association. He is the 2006 recipient of the KUER FM90 “Voice of Jazz Award”.

Caleb is a Board Member, an Education Expert, and the JENerations Jazz Festival Committee Chair for the Jazz Education Network (JEN), as well as a past president of the Utah Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and a member of the organization's Resource Team. Additionally, he serves on the Executive Board of JazzSLC, presenters of the Salt Lake City Jazz at the Capitol Theatre Series.

Caleb is an active performer, himself, and frequently performs the National Anthem on solo saxophone for sold out Utah Jazz games (the only instrumentalist in the history of the franchise to receive the invitation).  He is a featured clinician and sponsored performer for Yamaha Saxophones, Rico Reeds, JodyJazz Mouthpieces, and Planet Waves Cables. 

Caleb Chapman's skills are a rare combination of musical excellence and business acumen. He is an inspiring presence to his students, and runs a state of the art program where he combines traditional musical values with the latest technology. Caleb represents the very best in the next generation of music education!
- Gordon Goodwin, Grammy and Emmy Award-Winning Composer

Working with Caleb was an unforgettable experience. He is an excellent bandleader. His enthusiastic spirit is highly inspirational, in no small part due to his expert musicianship and leadership. I highly recommend Caleb as a jazz education specialist!
- Randy Brecker, Five-Time Grammy-Winning Trumpeter

Caleb Chapman leads his students with enthusiasm and a deep commitment to their musical education. I had the pleasure of hearing The Crescent Super Band during their performance at the IAJE convention a few years back, and I was very impressed with their musicianship and technical ability. I believe that Caleb personally embodies the best attributes of music education.
- Lenny Pickett, Saturday Night Live Band Leader

Caleb has that magical quality that all teachers wish we had - the ability to bring out the best in all of our students. Just listen to his students play; that's all it takes! Caleb loves what he does and it shows. I'd recommend him to teach anywhere and at any level.
- Victor Wooten, Five-Time Grammy Winning Bassist

Caleb is one of a handful of true visionaries in the music industry. He is a master at networking with others and can create win-win situations that benefit not only the music and the performers, but also the communities that music needs to survive. At a young age, Caleb has already won respect from the very best players and educators in the industry.
- Corey Christiansen, Award-Winning Recording Artist and Author

I have known Caleb for years and have had the opportunity to perform with his students on several occasions. I am always impressed with the amazing level of his bands, which demonstrates not only his commitment to education, but also his skills as an educator and musician. As an educator myself, I am confident his innovations and vision are sure to impact not only music education, but the industry as a whole.
- Steve Smith, Legendary Drummer of Journey

When I first heard Caleb’s band at the 2007 IAJE Conference, I was totally blown away! I could not believe (and still can't) the sound that those young kids were putting out. I've heard professional bands that didn't sound as good! There was a buzz in the room after the first note, and after the performance, as I overheard other conversations, I soon realized that I was not the only one knocked out by what Caleb has accomplished.
- Alan Baylock, Award-Winning Composer and Arranger