Brooklyn, NY based saxophonist and multi instrumentalist Caleb Wheeler Curtis lives at the junction of rigorous preparation and willingness to explore.” (Jazz Speaks) He appears on two GRAMMY Nominated albums by Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band. His playing and compositions are informed by a constant searching, at times introspective, brash and melodic. In addition to band-leading, Caleb is a core member of Walking Distance (Sunnyside Records), Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band (Smoke Sessions Records), Josh Lawrence & Triptych (Posi-Tone Records), Ember (Curtis+Garabedian+Sperrazza) (Sunnyside Records), and the Fat Cat Big Band. His latest album, HEATMAP, was released in 2022, and features Orrin Evans, Eric Revis and Gerald Cleaver. Caleb is a 2021 MacDowell Fellow and records for Imani Records.

Legendary pianist Mulgrew Miller said Caleb has a wonderful, singing, projecting sound. To me, that’s the ultimate for a horn player.” His album Brothers (produced by Orrin Evans and featuring Josh Lawrence, Eric Revis, Luques Curtis, Mark Whitfield Jr. and Seamus Blake) was released in 2018 on Imani Records. All About Jazz said the music was “sharp-witted, bracing, and, at times, wonderfully brash.” Neighborhood (Ropeadope Records), the 2015 debut album from the Brooklyn based collective quartet Walking Distance, for which Caleb composes and plays alto saxophone, was met with critical acclaim. Their new album Freebird feat. Jason Moran (Sunnyside Records) has been widely praised by The New York Times, DownBeat Magazine, Bandcamp (best of September 2018), JazzTimes and others. The New York Times wrote that “[Walking Distance] tears into the new stuff it has created, sounding ageless”, that the music is “utterly fresh”, and selected it as one of the 20 best jazz recordings of 2018.

Caleb holds a Bachelor's of Music (Jazz Studies) from Michigan State University, and a Master's in Music (Jazz Performance) from William Paterson University. Caleb frequently travels for international performances and also performs regularly at the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Smalls, Smoke, Zinc Bar, Dizzy's and other NYC clubs. Caleb's individualistic approach to improvisation and sound has led to being hailed as one of the most interesting altoists in a long time.”(Jazzwise)

In addition, Caleb has played with many extraordinary musicians including Orrin Evans, Gerald Cleaver, Jason Moran, Mulgrew Miller, Duane Eubanks, Eric Revis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kevin Eubanks, Buster Williams, Gene Jackson, Kevin Hays, Saul Rubin, David Gibson, Lafayette Harris, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Gregorio Uribe, Ben Wolfe, Luques Curtis, Seamus Blake, Marta Sánchez, Stacy Dillard, EJ Strickland, Matt Clohesy, Vinnie Sperrazza, Jeremy Siskind and many others.

Caleb is a D'Addario Woodwinds Artist

Color Theory introduces one of the most interesting altoists in a long time in Caleb Curtis


Caleb Wheeler Curtis’ alto sax playing that’s intensely focussed and garrulously inventive, digging deep into progressive bop through to post-Coltrane/Ornette free jazz and R&B-funk traditions.

Jazzwise Magazine

[a] monster saxophonist

DownBeat Magazine
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