Bio

Brooklyn, NY based saxophonist Caleb Curtis lives at the junction of rigorous preparation and willingness to explore.” (Jazz Speaks) His playing and compositions are informed by a constantly 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 & Color Theory (Posi-Tone Records), the Curtis/Garabedia/Sperrazza Trio (Outside In Music), and the Fat Cat Big Band.

Legendary pianist Mulgrew Miller said Caleb has a wonderful, singing, projecting sound. To me, that’s the ultimate for a horn player.”His new album Brothers (produced by Orrin Evans and featuring Josh Lawrence, Eric Revis, Luques Curtis, Mark Whitfield Jr. and Seamus Blake) was recently released 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.” and that the music is “utterly fresh.”

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 Jason Moran, Mulgrew Miller, Orrin Evans, Gerald Cleaver, Duane Eubanks, Houston Person, Eric Revis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kevin Eubanks, Buster Williams, Lenny White, Gene Jackson, Jack Walrath, Kevin Hays, Saul Rubin, David Gibson, Lafayette Harris, Ralph Bowen, Ben Williams, Justin Brown, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Gregorio Uribe, Ben Wolfe, Luques Curtis, Seamus Blake, Marquis Hill, Marta Sánchez, Stacy Dillard, Jon Irabagon, EJ Strickland, Matt Clohesy, Vinnie Sperrazza, Jeremy Siskind, Glenn Zaleski and many others.

Caleb is a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist

Quotes

Asset 1"explosive altoist"The New York Times
Asset 1"Color Theory introduces one of the most interesting altoists in a long time in Caleb Curtis"Jazzwise
Asset 1"(Brothers) has some of everything: Detailed orchestration and free improvisation, layered audio production and dry acoustic presence, concise compositions and wild musical gestures."Jazz Speaks
Asset 1"alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis was both riding and twisting a robust swing in trumpeter Josh Lawrence’s Color Theory, punctuating flowing melodic lines with wild zig-zags in unexpected directions at unexpected times"Feast of Music
Asset 1"Saxophonist Caleb Wheeler Curtis negotiates taut, bop-flavored contours with a meld of Desmond-like coolness and blues-toughened acerb"JazzTimes
Asset 1"keep an eye out for Mr. Curtis..."The New York Times
Asset 1"A sonic architect on the alto saxophone, Caleb Curtis builds melodic and methodical structures that are compelling and immediately recognizable."Jazz Speaks
Asset 1"wields his sax like a weapon of mass destruction"The Classical Arts

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Selected Discography

FreebirdArtist: Walking Distance feat. Jason MoranLabel: Sunnyside RecordsYear: 2018Learn more
BrothersArtist: Caleb Wheeler CurtisLabel: Imani RecordsYear: 2018Buy:
PresenceArtist: Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big BandLabel: Smoke Sessions RecordsYear: 2018
#knowingishalfthebattleArtist: Orrin EvansLabel: Smoke SessionsYear: 2016Learn more