Chad Eby Quintet

Chad Eby’s quintet of local all-stars—including Brandon Lee on trumpet, Ariel Pocock on piano and vocals, Steve Haines on bass, and Daniel Faust on drums—returns to The Crown! This concert will focus on music passed down to Chad through his parents’ record collection, featuring songs by Cannonball, Adderley, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, and many other surprises.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors, teachers, and military. Ticket price includes sales tax. A $1 Facility Fee will be added. There is an additional $3.50 per ticket web fee for internet purchases; call 336-333-2605 to avoid those charges. Guests can opt to have their tickets mailed to them for a $1 postage fee, or can pick up tickets in will call for no charge.

About Chad Eby
A Newhall, Iowa native, Chad Eby is a life-long student of music. Born in 1973, 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, then earning his master’s degree in Saxophone Performance from Ohio State University. While in Ohio he released his first album, “Triptych” (2001), gaining critical acclaim from 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, centered around a suite of original compositions based on the visual art of Trenton Doyle Hancock. His newest release, “The Sweet Shel Suite: Music Inspired by Shel Silverstein”, received a four star rating from DownBeat magazine, and features his working quartet with trumpeter Brandon Lee, bassist Steve Haines, and drummer Daniel Faust.

As a saxophonist and composer Chad 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“ ( Downbeat Magazine gave his newest release, “The Sweet Shel Suite,” a coveted four-star rating saying, “Even at its most whimsical and breathless, The Sweet Shel Suite never ceases to be tuneful. Even if you’ve never read Silverstein’s poetry, there’s plenty of inspired composition here to sink your teeth into.” 

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, the L.A. All-Star Big Band, and his own group, the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra. To date, he has arranged over 125 works for big band, small jazz combos, and chamber groups. As well, he is credited with over 50 original compositions, and has won jazz composer awards from the Ohio Arts Council (2004) and the North Carolina Arts Council (2009).

Since 2006, Chad has taught in the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at UNC-Greensboro, where he directs Jazz Ensemble I, teaches Jazz History and applied jazz lessons, and co-leads the Spartan Jazz Collective, a septet made up of faculty and a rotating cast of students. In 2015, he was honored with the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s Outstanding Teaching Award.

Eby is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist, a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist, a clinician for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program, and has been a featured guest artist/clinician at universities across the country. He lives in Greensboro, NC with his wife Carmen, who is a professional clarinetist, and their two children.