Caleb Chapman

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Caleb Chapman
Caleb Chapman at the Peaks Jazz Festival.jpg
Born Caleb Paul Chapman
(1973-08-15) August 15, 1973 (age 40)
New Hampshire, U.S.A.
Occupation Founder and Executive Director of Caleb Chapman Music
Director of the Crescent Super Band

Caleb Chapman (born August 15, 1973) is an American music educator, entrepreneur, producer, bandleader, and musician from Derry, New Hampshire who currently resides in Utah.[1] Chapman is widely recognized for his contributions to music education worldwide, has received numerous honors for his work as an educator, and is heavily involved in a variety of music and education activities, including nonprofit work.[1] A graduate of Brigham Young University, Chapman is the founder and director of the award-winning Caleb Chapman's Crescent Super Band and the President of Caleb Chapman Music (CCM), a professional musician training program.[1]


Chapman oversees the fourteen CCM bands, and personally directs the flagship group Caleb Chapman's Crescent Super Band, an award-winning ensemble that consists of high school students. Additional groups that Chapman directs: the Voodoo Orchestra, Caleb Chapman's Little Big Band, La Onda Caribeña, Crescent Octet, and the New Bop Big Band.[2] His bands have been featured on the Sirius XM “Real Jazz” Channel and released 10 full-length albums on the Big Swing Face record label. The Crescent Super Band remains the only musical act that is regularly invited to play during the halftime break for the NBA’s Utah Jazz basketball team. The Utah-based CCM trains students of all ages and levels, providing performance opportunities and exposure to high-caliber musicians. Graduates of the program have been placed in the top music schools in the country including Juilliard, the University of Miami, the Berklee College of Music, University of Southern California, the Manhattan School of Music, and many others with, combined annual scholarship offers for seniors of more than $1 million.[2]

Key Performances[edit]

Chapman'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. Their most prominent performance took place at Carnegie Hall in May 2013, when the Crescent Super Band headlined a sold-out concert featuring GRAMMY-winning saxophonist David Sanborn and GRAMMY®-nominated trumpeter Wayne Bergeron.[3] Chapman has cited this performance as one of the most memorable experiences of his career, where he performed with his childhood idol (Sanborn) and his own son, Porter Chapman, who is a drummer in the CCM program.[3] The Crescent Super Band will perform at the 2014 Jazz Education Network annual conference in Dallas, TX, headlining an evening concert with special guests Randy Brecker and Ed Calle.[2]


Chapman's bands have performed with more than 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 Journey, the Dave Matthews Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tower of Power, Genesis, the Saturday Night Live Band, and many others.[4] Chapman has said that it is a priority for CCM to provide the opportunity for young musicians to perform with A-list artists, and have frequent touring and performing experiences.[5]

Awards and Honors[edit]

GRAMMY Nomination[edit]

In 2013, Chapman was a quarter-finalist for the inaugural Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.[3] The student-nominated award "recognize current educators (K – college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools." Chapman was selected from more than 30,000 nominees spanning all 50 states.[3]

DownBeat Magazine Awards[edit]

Since 2005, Caleb’s program has been honored with 22 different awards by DownBeat Magazine. As the oldest publication in the jazz industry, DownBeat celebrates high-caliber jazz education with its annual awards. The Crescent Super Band, the Voodoo Orchestra, the Soul Research Foundation, Caleb Chapman’s Little Big Band, the Hooligans Brass Band, Lo-Fi Riot, and La Onda Caribena have all been recognized with at least one award from the magazine.[2]

Utah Governor's Award[edit]

Utah Governor Gary Herbert honored Chapman with the prestigious 2013 "Utah Performing Artist Award" in a special dinner reception at the Governor's Mansion, where the Crescent Super Band also performed, to commemorate the evening.[2]

John La Porta Award[edit]

In 2011, Caleb was named the "John LaPorta International Jazz Educator of the Year," becoming the youngest educator to receive it.[6] The award, one of the highest honors in music education, was created in tribute to famed jazz educator John LaPorta, who played with musicians such as Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, and Woody Herman, before retiring from performing to teach at Berklee College of Music.[7]

Additional Awards/Honors[edit]

The Crescent Super Band has also won seven consecutive “Best of State” awards as Utah’s “Best Professional Band." His program has twice won the prestigious Best of State Statue Award, identifying it as the top organization in Arts and Entertainment in Utah (2008 and 2012), beating professional music, arts, and film organizations in the state for the honor.[4] Chapman personally won the Utah Best of State medal for Utah’s “Best Educator” in 2011 and “Best Music Educator” in 2012.[8] Chapman's efforts in music have earned three declarations from Utah former Governor, John Huntsman, Jr. 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. Additionally, he was the 2006 recipient of the KUER FM90 “Voice of Jazz Award" and was recognized in the "Fab 50" List for 2010 by Utah Valley Magazine.[5]


Jazz Education Network[edit]

In 2011 Chapman was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Jazz Education Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences. He currently serves as the organization's Vice President and chairs its JENerations Jazz Festival. The festival is held concurrently with JEN's annual conference, and features student groups who perform for celebrity clinicians in a non-competitive adjudicated festival environment.[2]

Bands of America[edit]

In 2013, Chapman was appointed Director of the prestigious Jazz Band of America, an all-star jazz band consisting of the top high school jazz students from across the nation. The group will perform at the Music for All National Festival held in Indianapolis in March, 2014.[9] Chapman joins a list of past directors and guest artists with the ensemble that include Wynton Marsalis, Patti Austin, Wayne Bergeron, Wycliffe Gordon, Dr. Lou Fischer, and Ndugu Chancler, among others.[9]

Additional Leadership Activities[edit]

Chapman currently serves on the Executive Board of JazzSLC, presenters of the Salt Lake City Jazz at the Capitol Theatre Series. Additionally, Chapman serves as Festival Director for the Peaks Jazz Festival and the Puerto Vallarta Jazz Festival. He was a past-president of the Utah Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and a member of the organization's Resource Team.[2]



In 2013, Caleb released his first music method book with Alfred Music, titled The Articulate Jazz Musician.[10] The book focuses on Chapman's celebrated method for teaching jazz articulation and style to young musicians. It features 14 original tunes from multi-GRAMMY-winning member of the Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Coffin, and a play-along CD that includes Coffin, Chris Walters, and GRAMMY winners Victor Wooten and Roy “Futureman” Wooten.[11]


To share his knowledge of music education and youth development, Chapman writes a column for the Utah Daily Herald newspaper, which discusses arts education.[5] In the column, Chapman covers topics such as helping a young student decide which instrument to play, and how parents can help their children discover their educational passions.[5]


Chapman is an active performer, himself, and frequently performs the National Anthem on solo saxophone for sold-out Utah Jazz games. Chapman is a featured clinician and sponsored performer for Yamaha[4] Saxophones, Rico Reeds, JodyJazz Mouthpieces, and Planet Waves Cables.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Parish, Matt. (September 20, 2011). "Younger Lions: Caleb Chapman Makes World Tour Pros Out of Utah Teens". JazzED Magazine. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "About". Caleb Chapman Music. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  3. ^ a b c d Williams, Jeffrey. (May 21, 2013). "Caleb’s Chapman’s Crescent Super Band in Review". NYC Concert Review. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  4. ^ a b c Hayes, Rob. (December 16, 2010). "Berklee and JEN name Jazz Educator of the Year". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  5. ^ a b c d Chapman, Caleb. Various Titles. Daily Herald. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  6. ^ Burger, David. (December 09, 2010). "Pleasant Grove musician named Jazz Educator of the Year". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  7. ^ Staff Writer. (January 15, 2011). "Utah musician Caleb Chapm a n wins national award". Fox 13 News. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  8. ^ "[1]Best of State". The Premier Recognition and Awards Program. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  9. ^ a b "Jazz Band of America". Music for All. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  10. ^ "Caleb Chapman Bio". Alfred Music Author Bio. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  11. ^ "Articulate Jazz Musician". Alfred Music Product Pages. Retrieved 2013-09-10.

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