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 43)
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 has been recognized for his contributions to music education and has received numerous honors for his work as an educator.[1] A graduate of Brigham Young University, Chapman is the founder and director of the Caleb Chapman's Crescent Super Band and the President of Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse (CCS), a professional musician training program.[1]


Chapman oversees the 17 bands at Caleb Chapman's Soundhouse, 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 personally directs include: the Voodoo Orchestra, Caleb Chapman's Little Big Band, La Onda Caribeña.[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 CCS trains students of all ages and levels, providing performance opportunities and exposure to high-caliber musicians. Graduates of the program have been placed in music schools around the country including Juilliard, the University of Miami, the Berklee College of Music, University of Southern California and the Manhattan School of Music.[2]

Key Performances[edit]

Chapman's bands have been featured at many jazz festivals including North Sea (The Netherlands), Montreux (Switzerland), Vienne (France), Umbria (Italy), Tuscany (Italy), Birmingham (UK), and Puerto Vallarta (Mexico). In 2010, the Crescent Super Band was featured with National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master 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 concert featuring saxophonist David Sanborn and trumpeter Wayne Bergeron.[3] The Crescent Super Band performed 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, Kirk Whalum, 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 performed and/or recorded with members of such well-known groups as the Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Neon Trees, 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 CCS 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]

In 2013, Chapman was a quarter-finalist for the inaugural Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.[3] In 2014, he was again recognized as a quarter-finalist for the award.[6]

Since 2005, Caleb’s program has been honored with 27 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 Gary Herbert honored Chapman with the 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] In 2014, Utah Governor Herbert appointed Chapman to the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors, as the board representative for the music discipline.[7]

In 2011, Caleb was named the "John LaPorta International Jazz Educator of the Year".[8]


Jazz Education Network[edit]

In 2014, Chapman was elected President-Elect of 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 now currently serves as the organization's 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 Artist Director for 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. 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]


  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 "About". Caleb Chapman Music. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  3. ^ a b Williams, Jeffrey. (May 21, 2013). "Caleb’s Chapman’s Crescent Super Band in Review". NYC Concert Review. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  4. ^ 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 Chapman, Caleb. Various Titles. Daily Herald. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  6. ^ "222 QUARTERFINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD™ PRESENTED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND THE GRAMMY FOUNDATION®". Grammy in the Schools. Grammy Foundation. May 30, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Office of Museum Services Advisory Board Members". Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Utah Dept of Heritage & Arts. June 16, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ Burger, David. (December 09, 2010). "Pleasant Grove musician named Jazz Educator of the Year". The Salt Lake Tribune. 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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