Bio

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, Josh Lawrence and Color Theory, 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.

Quotes

"Saxophonist Caleb Wheeler Curtis negotiates taut, bop-flavored contours with a meld of Desmond-like coolness and blues-toughened acerb"JazzTimes
"the especially exhilarating Caleb Wheeler Curtis with a pulse-quickening alto style"Jazzmessengers.com
"A sonic architect on the alto saxophone, Caleb Curtis builds melodic and methodical structures that are compelling and immediately recognizable."Jazz Speaks
"explosive altoist"The New York Times
"Color Theory introduces one of the most interesting altoists in a long time in Caleb Curtis"Jazzwise
"Caleb has a wonderful, singing, projecting sound. To me, that’s the ultimate for a horn player."Mulgrew Miller, legendary pianist
"wields his sax like a weapon of mass destruction"The Classical Arts
"Of (Orrin) Evans' many talented collaborators, vocalist M'Balia and alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis stood out. The spotlight shined on them in a gorgeous arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed", and it was a revelation."The DCist
"[a] monster saxophonist"DownBeat Magazine
"A fluid and boldly expressive young altoist..."Time Out New York
"An up and coming major force to be reckoned with in the saxophone world."Critical Jazz
"urgent and wailing saxophone..."All About Jazz
"His solos had innate leadership qualities, his cascading melodic lines leading the band in and out of time and tonal center with an advanced melodic sense and a matured control of the alto saxophone."Daniel Lehner (allaboutjazz.com)

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Selected Discography

#knowingishalfthebattleArtist: Orrin EvansLabel: Smoke SessionsYear: 2016Learn more
Color TheoryArtist: Josh LawrenceLabel: Posi-Tone RecordsYear: 2017Learn more
GlowArtist: Manner EffectYear: 2016Learn more
NeighborhoodArtist: Walking DistanceLabel: RopeadopeYear: 2015Learn more