Born: December 2 Primary Instrument: Sax, sopranino
CHIP SHELTON With incredible talent and perseverance, Chip Shelton has earned an undisputed reputation as one of the most renowned flutists in the world of jazz. And in recent years he has established himself as a formidable saxophonist as well. What separates Shelton from most other bandleaders is his ability as a multi-instrumentalist. He utilizes the entire woodwind family. Saxes include Tenor, Alto, Soprano, and Sopranino, all by the Yanagasawa Company which Shelton endorses. Flutes include the tiny piccolo, Bb flute, concert flute in C, alto flute, bass flute,contra-bass flute, and the Wesley End-Blown flute (custom fitted so it can be played in a saxophone position), Recently Shelton has added clarinet and bass clarinet to his practice sessions. His varied arsenal sometmes includes percussion, piano, or the unique C-tenor, and C-soprano saxes..
“Some of these instruments are difficult to play, but I’m willing to work harder to produce these different sounds that people don’t ordinarily hear,” says Shelton. “Since many of these instruments aren’t seen regularly on stage they are real conversation pieces.” Shelton has an impressive nine (9) CD releases to date. The first was “A Labor Of Love” (Rise Up Records, 1995), followed by two (2) releases on Satellites Records, then five (5) on Summit Records, and in January, 2013 came Limited Edition on CCM Records. Shelton’s work is an expanding jazz tapestry that drives his musical concepts while expounding on his musicianship. “Since that first CD, my music is less classically based and my improvisational construction is more open,” says Shelton. “I’m coming more from the soul as opposed to strict structure. What I’m about now shines more.” Regardless of Shelton’s shining and varied repertoire of bossa, afro-cuban, reggae, funk or straight-ahead-jazz penned by such notables as John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, or Pharoah Sanders, he always leaves his fans and new listeners wanting more. For example, on his 2008 CD, “Imbued With Memories,” Shelton makes full use of his band PeaceTime to showcase his skills as a composer, contributing six of the 10 tracks as he makes an impressive appearance (his third) on saxophones. “My musical options opened up when I started playing sax again,” says Shelton. Shelton always knew he'd be involved in music but he graduated from Howard University’s School of Dentistry, as a back-up. While still a freshman at Howard in Washington, DC, Shelton was on a mission for a saxophone with a $35 budget.. Unfortunately, his sax budget was too small but the owner of Baltimore’s North Avenue Pawn Shop convinced him to buy a starter flute. In the beginning, Shelton played by ear, then in 1988-90, he studied with John Purcell privately, and at the Manhattan School of Music, as a Jazz Flute major. Following his departure from the School of Music, he studied classical technique with Julius Baker, “the Dean of American flutists.” He also studied musicianship with Dr. Helen Hobbs Jordan. Shelton received saxophone and flute mentorship at Jazzmobile, Inc. mainly from masters like Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, and Frank Foster, and with Bill Barron at The Muse, in Brooklyn, in an effort to learn everything he could about jazz. With confidence to test his chops in front of a tough New York City audience, Shelton hit the local club scene performing at the Cellar, Birdland, the Five Spot, and other clubs. “The music has a life of its own and I just follow the muse,” said Shelton. Ron Scott- Jazz Journalist, 7/30/08; edited 3/15/13
Awards:Chip Shelton's 6th CD "Peacetime" received a Top Jazz CD of 2006 Award from Soul-Patrol.com The original announcement appeared at http://www.soul- patrol.com/newsletter/2006/news12/best2006.html 44,000 Soul-Patrol Newsletter readers received notification of the yearly awards to artists who they feel have gone above and beyond in creating high quality music that helps to advance the culture that Soul-Patrol.com represents. Award presentation by Soul-Patrol CEO BOB DAVIS and a live CHIP SHELTON performance took place at the Soul-Patrol Convention in Philadelphia May,2007 in conjunction with the Philadelphia Black Heritage Festival.
Chip Shelton's 6th CD Peacetime received a Top Jazz CD of 2006 Award from Soul-Patrol.com. The original announcement appeared at http://www.soul- patrol.com/newsletter/2006/news12/best2006.html. 44,000 Soul-Patrol Newsletter readers received notification of the yearly awards to artists who they feel have gone above and beyond in creating high quality music that helps to advance the culture that Soul-Patrol.com represents.
Award presentation by Soul-Patrol CEO BOB DAVIS and a live CHIP SHELTON performance took place at the Soul-Patrol Convention in Philadelphia May,2007 in conjunction with the Philadelphia Black Heritage Festival.
Chip Shelton, Imbued With Memories, Summit Records, 2008.
Chip Shelton, Have Flute Will Travel- Stop 2 Cape May Jazz Festival, Summit Records, 2007.
Chip Shelton,Have Flute Will Travel- Stop 1 Berlin, Summit Records, 2004.
Chip Shelton/ Ron Carter, Flute Bass-ics, Summit Records, 2003.
Chip Shelton, More What Flutes 4, Satellites Records, 2001.
Chip Shelton, 3 Flutes Up, Satellites Records, 1998
Chip Shelton, A Labor of Love, RUP Records, 1995.
Paul Serrato, More Than Red, Graffiti Productions, 2001
Ryo Kawasaki, Cosmic Rhythm, Satellites Records, 1999
Paul Serrato, Neon Palm Tree, Graffiti Productions, 1995
Spirit Of Life Ensemble, Feel The Spirit, RUP Records, 1994
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Having successfully maintained parallel careers as a top NYC Orthodontist, an Orthodontic Educator, and a Jazz Recording Artist before recently becoming a full time musician, Chip Shelton presents a Digital/Power Point Workshop and Live Performance working-titled " Plan B or No Plan B…that is the question” It delves into many angles along the lifestyle and career- decision path we all must travel, whether child, adolescent, or adult. In one segment, some successful Artists, Musicians, and Athletes are profiled, many of whom, like Shelton, chose to have a “Plan B”… a parallel career as backup to their most passionate pursuits.