Born: December 28, 1985 Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Caleb Curtis is an engaging and entertaining alto saxophonist and composer. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Caleb studied with renowned saxophonist and educator Vincent York. Seeking further education Caleb enrolled in the Jazz Studies program directed by Rodney Whitaker at Michigan State University where he had the opportunity to study with many extraordinary musicians including saxophonists Wessell Warmdaddy Anderson, Diego Rivera, pianist Rick Roe, and trumpeter Derrick Gardner.
In 2007 the Caleb Curtis Quintet was one of six bands selected to attend Jazz Aspen Snowmass Band Academy. Caleb has performed at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Lansing Jazz Festival and has toured Japan (Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, Kyoto, Tokyo, Narita) with The Michigan State University Jazz Orchestra. In addition, the Caleb Curtis Quintet performs frequently at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, MI, the oldest jazz club in the world.
Caleb was the recipient of an outstanding college soloist award from DownBeat Magazine in 2008. He was also invited to perform and participate in the 2009 Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has appeared at Small's Jazz Club and The Jazz Spot in New York City.
In addition to playing music Caleb is co-founder of MoStudios Art & Design, a web and print design company, with his brother Nico Curtis. As a part of MoStudios Caleb designs and codes websites as well as offers professional digital photo retouching services.
Awards:Downbeat Outstanding Soloist - 2008 Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Participant - 2009 Jazz Aspen Snowmass Band Academy - 2009
Willing to teach:
Jazz Saxophone Instructor - Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI) 2008 & 2009 Jazz Saxophone & Improvisation teacher - Ann Arbor Music Center (MI) 2008 Bachelor Of Music in Jazz Studies - Michigan State University Rates are: $50 for one hour, $30 for half hour