Chelsea Baratz is a modern saxophonist, vocalist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and rising star in the New York jazz scene. A native of Pittsburgh, she moved to New York City in 2006 to join a vanguard of genre-defying contemporary jazz artists and musical collaborators after spending her formative teen years steeped in hard bop, blues, and soul music under the tutelage of Roger Humphries and Sean Jones. She graduated from the School for Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School in 2009 after releasing her debut album In Faith, working with Orrin Evans, Captain Black Big Band, and Nicholas Payton Big Band while completing her studies.
In 2009, Baratz joined forces with Grammy award-winning trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown and critically acclaimed harpist Brandee Younger as a bandmate and collaborator. She went on to record on Brown’s album The Mood and several of Younger’s albums, including Wax and Wane, Live at the Breeding Ground, and Soul Awakening. In addition, Baratz is an in-demand session saxophonist and horn section player, working with Matt Schofield’s band and recording with Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Talib Kweli, Om’mas Keith, Murs, Locksmith, Ski Beatz, Trevor Lawrence, and many others.