New York based, Ann Arbor (MI) born, musician Caleb Curtis has shown himself to be an engaging and entertaining saxophonist and composer. His original compositions are informed by a wide swath of the jazz tradition, at times introspective, brash and melodic. Legendary pianist Mulgrew Miller said “Caleb has a wonderful, singing, projecting sound. To me, that’s the ultimate for a horn player.” Neighborhood (Ropeadope Records), the 2015 debut album from the Brooklyn based collective Walking Distance, has been met with critical acclaim.
After studying music at Michigan State University and William Paterson University Caleb has become an active member of the New York City jazz and creative music scene. He can be seen with Walking Distance, Manner Effect, Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, the George Gee Swing Orchestra, the Fat Cat Big Band, the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, and the Mike Sailors Swing Orchestra. He has performed at the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Smalls, Smoke, Zinc Bar, and many other NYC clubs. Caleb has developed an individualistic approach to improvisation and sound, reflected in his “urgent and wailing saxophone.” (All About Jazz)
In addition, Caleb has played with many extraordinary musicians including Jason Moran, Mulgrew Miller, Duane Eubanks, Houston Person, Orrin Evans, Eric Revis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kevin Eubanks, Buster Williams, Lenny White, Gene Jackson, Jack Walrath, Kevin Hays, Saul Rubin, David Gibson, Lafayette Harris, Ralph Bowen, Gregorio Uribe, Ben Wolfe, Luques Curtis, Seamus Blake, Marquis Hill, Marta Sanchez, Stacy Dillard, Jon Irabagon, EJ Strickland, Matt Clohesy, Vinnie Sperrazza, Jeremy Siskind, Glenn Zaleski and many others.