As a saxophonist and composer Chad Eby has earned widespread critical acclaim as “a consummate improviser“ (Jazz Times), who “has tremendous poise and natural melodic sense“ Ottawa Sun), and whose “tone is boundless, blues-inflected, and wholly satisfying“ (AllAboutJazz.com). He is active as a composer, and has received awards for jazz composition from the Ohio Arts Council (2003) and the North Carolina Arts Council (2009).
A highly sought-after arranger, Chad’s professionally commissioned works have been performed or recorded by Bill Charlap with Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis with Willie Nelson and Norah Jones, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and the L.A. All- Star Big Band. Eby is a clinician for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program, and has been a featured guest artist/clinician at universities across the country.
A Newhall, Iowa native, Chad Eby is a life-long student of music. He began playing clarinet at the age of 11, and began studying the saxophone a year later. He went on to study music at Luther College, completing his degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas. Chad earned his master’s degree in Saxophone Performance from Ohio State University. While in Ohio he released his first album, Triptych, gaining critical acclaim from AllAboutJazz.com and fellow saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Wessel Anderson. His second album, Broken Shadows, was released in February of 2010, featuring Steve Haines, Jason Marsalis, Doug Wamble, and Branford Marsalis. New Business followed in 2012, featuring a suite of original compositions based on the visual art of Trenton Doyle Hancock. His newest release is The Sweet Shel Suite: Music Inspired by Shel Silverstein, and features his working quartet with trumpeter Brandon Lee, bassist Steve Haines, and drummer Daniel Faust.