Teachers & Coordinators
Caleb Curtis - Saxophone Teacher
New York based, Ann Arbor 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. He was given his first saxophone by his grandfather, an amateur saxophonist himself, when he was ten years old. During the following school year Caleb began playing saxophone despite the band director insisting he play trumpet instead. Now, legendary pianist Mulgrew Miller says “Caleb has a wonderful, singing, projecting sound. To me, that’s the ultimate for a horn player.”
After studying music at Michigan State University and William Paterson University Caleb has become an active member of the New York City creative music scene. This has led to performances with Mulgrew Miller, Houston Person, Orrin Evans (Captain Black Big Band), EJ Strickland, Lafayette Harris, Mike Eckroth, Jeb Patton, Antoine Drye, Rodney Green, Duane Eubanks, Colin Stranahan, Glenn Zaleski, Jacob Sacks, Roy Assaf, Jeff Davis, and Mike Pinto. He currently performs with two very different collective ensembles: Manner Effect and Walking Distance, duo with pianist Chris Pattishall, The Jon Saraga Quintet, The Josh Levinson Sextet, The Seguine/Baker Jazz Orchestra and a Harry Nilsson tribute project called Pointless Forest. He has performed as a sideman with the Valery Ponamarev Big Band, Cecilia Coleman Jazz Orchestra, Gregorio Uribe Big Band, and many others. Caleb is developing an individual approach to improvisation, reflected in his “urgent and wailing saxophone” (All About Jazz) and his tireless pursuit and development of his music. Caleb can be heard as a featured soloist at Sleep No More, an intriguing immersive theater experience in NYC.