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
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I'll put this record up against any other flute record out there, said producer-manager Kenny Mead
repeatedly, about the Shelton release Three Flutes Up
A Masterpiece says XM Radio's Dr. Nick of Shelton's
Grammy-considered CD release #8 in 2008, Imbued With Memories.
4 1/2 Stars says All Music Guide of Shelton's 2007 CD live
at the Cape May Jazz Fest.
New York City
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
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