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Jazz fundraiser to be held at Stein Eriksen

Caleb Chapman, president of Caleb Chapman Music and leader of the Crescent Super Band and the Voodoo Orchestra, has spent his life bringing the joy of jazz to people.

He teaches students from all over the state, including Park City and Heber. He was also the director of jazz education for Park City Jazz Foundation and works closely with Park City High School band director Chris Taylor and assistant band director Bret Hughes.

Most recently, at the second annual Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans, he was awarded the John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year by Berklee College of Music president Roger Brown and JEN president Lou Fischer.

On Friday, May 20, the GAM Foundation, which has put on the Jazz at the Sheraton concert series in Salt Lake City for the past 18 years, will hold a fundraiser/dinner for Caleb Chapman Music and the GAM Foundation at the Stein Eriksen Lodge.

GAM Foundation founder Gordon Hanks said the event would be a way for Chapman to showcase the band and introduce new people to the music.

"I think Caleb Chapman is phenomenal," Hanks said. "Everything he does he does it to the fullest. He is phenomenal, and I’m not the only one in the country that thinks that.

"The money raised will help Caleb take his bands all over the country, and will also help us with our jazz series," Hanks said. "Caleb will get 80 percent of the funds and we’ll get 20."

The 20 percent will help Hanks’ series which recently was moved to the Capitol Theatre, he said.

After 18 years and 180 shows, that included Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Regina Carter, John Pizzarelli and the late Milt Jackson, Ray Brown and Gene Harris, the Sheraton notified us that they didn’t want to continue the relationship, Hanks said.

"We had to find a new place, and the Capitol Theatre was great to work with," he said.

Hanks met Chapman eight years ago.

"We bonded through our passion of keeping the art form alive," Hanks said "We at the GAM Foundation, which runs JazzSLC, has made the art form readily available for young people to experience it.

"Jazz has had an incredible influence in my life and it’s been a driving force as far as my involvement in the arts goes," he said. "This art form has enabled me to start a scholarship in jazz studies three years ago for two students every year at the University of Utah, and I think it is really important to expose young people to it. We’re hoping the fundraiser not only recommits people who know about Caleb and the jazz series, but also introduces new people to us."

The Caleb Chapman Music Jazz for the Future Gala will be held at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, 7700 Stein Way, in Deer Valley, on Friday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for this event can be purchased through the GAM foundation by calling Amanda at (801) 550-9052. The cost is a $150 per plate or $1500 for a VIP table seating 10 guests.


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