Jeff Coffin with Caleb Chapman's Crescent Super Band
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ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS RECORDING GO TO THE ESCUELA NACIONAL DE MUSICA (NATIONAL SCHOOL OF MUSIC) IN HAVANA, CUBA TO BENEFIT YOUNG CUBAN MUSIC STUDENTS.
JEFF COFFIN is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator and has been traveling the globe since the late 20th Century. He is a 3x Grammy Award winner from Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and played with them from 1997-2010. In July 2008, Jeff began touring with Dave Matthews Band, and officially joined the group in 2009 following the tragic passing of founding member LeRoi Moore. When not on the road with DMB, Coffin fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, and works around the country playing shows and presenting music clinics to students.
Coffin has released 10 solo recordings but this is his first big band release. All the tunes are original compositions by Jeff with the exception of ‘Bubble Up’, which was co written with bassist Alana Rocklin. All but the title track have been previously recorded with the Mu’tet.
Ear Up Records is a label Coffin started to showcase original music that he feels strongly about – not strictly his own. “This label is all about the music and the artist’s vision. As musicians, artists and educators, we have to change the way we look at things as the world evolves and this is one way I’m changing my perspective.”
CALEB CHAPMAN’S CRESCENT SUPER BAND was organized in 2001 under the direction of Caleb Chapman. The award-winning Crescent Super Band has frequently been hailed as one of the best professional big bands in the world and is made up entirely of high school musicians. The band has been featured at many of the world’s most prominent music festivals including venues in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, and France. The band also has a strong national presence with performances in Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington DC, Telluride, and Los Angeles. A crowning performance of their career was a headlining debut at Carnegie Hall in May of 2013.
On multiple occasions since 2007 DownBeat Magazine has recognized the Crescent Super Band with their coveted “Downbeat Award”, marking the band as the best of the best. The band has also won nine “Best of State” awards for Utah, including seven consecutive years as Utah’s “Best Professional Band” in any genre. Twice they have received the prestigious “Best of State Statue Award” identifying the band as the top organization in Arts and Entertainment in Utah, beating out every other professional music, arts, and film group for the honor.
The Crescent Super Band has also caught the attention of many of today’s top jazz artists. Since its inception, the CSB has performed with over two hundred guest artists including Grammy-winners Gordon Goodwin, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, Eric Marienthal, Dave Weckl, Bob Mintzer, Ernie Watts, Peter Erskine, and Dave Samuels. Other notable guest artists have included Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), Chester Thompson (Genesis), Steve Smith (Journey), Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr) and jazz icon, Toshiko Akiyoshi.
Some of Jeff & Caleb’s favorite musicians were hand-picked as guest soloists for this recording:
(L to R) Randy Brecker – trumpet
Rashawn Ross – trumpet
Branford Marsalis – tenor saxophone
Roy ‘ Futureman’ Wooten – percussion
Victor Wooten – electric bass
Trombone Shorty – trombone
Robertico Garcia – trumpet
Pedrito Martinez – congas/bata drum
(below right) Dayron Rodriguez – bongos
Juan ‘El Peje’ Carlos Rojas – congas
FOLKS ARE TALKING:
“When I listen to this band I hear a lot of things: powerful musicianship with fresh energy, technical expertise, soulful delivery, artistic depth, and confidence. I could go on and on. If I didn’t know it, I would never have guessed this was a high school band. It’s just unbelievable. The future of music is in good hands.” – Dave Matthews / Dave Matthews Band
“I forgot temporarily it was the Crescent Super Band when I heard it…I thought it was top flight cats from LA or Nashville…Really swingin’!” – Randy Brecker / Grammy winning trumpeter
“The Crescent Super Band is absolutely amazing!” – Steve Smith / Legendary drummer of Journey
Cuba Photos by Rene Huemer