Chad Eby

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 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 (Luther, '94), who is a professional clarinetist, and their two children.