Chip Shelton

Chip Shelton

 New York City, New York, USA

"Limited Edition" is Shelton's 2013 CD release #9

"A Masterpiece" says XM Radio's Dr. Nick of 2008 Grammy-considered CD #8, "Imbued With Memories"

4 1/2 star rating by All Music Guide of 2007 CD "Stop 2, Cape May Jazz Fest"

Shelton's 6th CD release, "Peacetime" received " A Top Jazz CD of 2006" Award from

Similar positive reviews/ CD releases 1 thru 5: "A Labor of Love"; "3 Flutes Up"; "More What Flute's 4"; "Flute Bass-ics" feat. Ron Carter; & "Stop 1 Berlin"


Here's what one jazz journalist has to say:

With incredible talent and perseverance, Chip Shelton has earned an undisputed reputation as one of the most renowned flutists in the world of jazz. And in recent years he has established himself as a formidable saxophonist as well.

What separates Shelton from most other bandleaders is his ability as a multi-instrumentalist. He utilizes the entire woodwind family. Saxes include Tenor, Alto, Soprano, and Sopranino, all by the Yanagasawa Company which Shelton endorses.
Flutes include the tiny piccolo, Bb flute, concert flute in C, Bb flute d'amour, Eb flute, alto flute in G, bass flute, contra-bass flute, and the Wesley End-Blown flute (custom fitted so it can be played in a saxophone position), Recently Shelton has added clarinet and bass clarinet to his practice sessions. His varied arsenal sometmes includes percussion, piano, the unique C-tenor, and C-soprano saxes. and vocals.

"Some of these instruments are difficult to play, but Im willing to work harder to produce these different sounds that people dont ordinarily hear", says Shelton. Since many of these instruments arent seen regularly on stage they are real conversation pieces.

Shelton has an impressive nine (9) CD releases to date. The first was A Labor Of Love (Rise Up Records, 1995), followed by two (2) releases on Satellites Records, then five (5) on Summit Records, and in January, 2013 came "Limited Edition" on CCM Records.

Sheltons work is an expanding jazz tapestry that drives his musical concepts while expounding on his musicianship. "Since that first CD, my music is less classically based and my improvisational construction is more open", says Shelton. "Im coming more from the soul as opposed to strict structure. What Im about now shines more".

Regardless of Sheltons shining and varied repertoire of bossa, afro-cuban, reggae, funk or straight-ahead-jazz penned by such notables as John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, or Pharoah Sanders, he always leaves his fans and new listeners wanting more. For example, on his 2008 CD, Imbued With Memories, Shelton makes full use of his band PeaceTime to showcase his skills as a composer, contributing six of the 10 tracks as he makes an impressive appearance (his third) on saxophones. "My musical options opened up when I started playing sax again", says Shelton.

Shelton always knew he'd be involved in music but he graduated from Howard Universitys School of Dentistry, as a back-up. While still a freshman at Howard in Washington, DC, Shelton was on a mission for a saxophone with a $35 budget.. Unfortunately, his sax budget was too small but the owner of Baltimores North Avenue Pawn Shop convinced him to buy a "starter" flute.

In the beginning, Shelton played by ear, then in 1988-90, he studied with John Purcell privately, and at the Manhattan School of Music, as a Jazz Flute major. Following his departure from the School of Music, he studied classical technique with Julius Baker, the Dean of American flutists. He also studied musicianship with Dr. Helen Hobbs Jordan. Shelton received saxophone and flute mentorship at Jazzmobile, Inc. mainly from masters like Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, and Frank Foster, and with Bill Barron at The Muse, in Brooklyn, in an effort to learn everything he could about jazz.

With confidence to test his chops in front of a tough New York City audience, Shelton hit the local club scene performing at the Cellar, Birdland, the Five Spot, and other clubs.

"The music has a life of its own and I just follow the muse", said Shelton.

Ron Scott- Jazz Journalist



Written By: Chip Shelton

Sect. A1:
is the holiday.
Historical man,
with with an age old plan.
Sect. A2:
Have a dream.
That you would die for.
Speak and Teach.
Dream a better world
Sect. B:
Celebrate nonviolence.
All mankind are truly kin.
Take the day to meditate
on e-qual-i-ty.
Sect A3:
is the holiday.
Love and peace,
come what may.
MLK wont you stand by me.
Prince of peace, do you hear my plea? [repeat til end]

Nukes May They Rust In Peace

Written By: Chip Shelton

Nuclea… Weepons (3x’s).
Nuclea… Freakguns.

Nukes, may they rust in peace. When will the fighting cease?
Love for the I and me. Now I can love you three.
(2nd x: Love for the human race. Now I feel love oase)
Nukes may they rust in peace. Healed feelings calm the beast.
No needs to be right. Makes folly of to fight. (Repeat verse)

Wisdom of the ages converges here now.
Feelings turn the pages. Hearts please take a bow
Wisdom of my people converges here now.
Feelings’ turn to reap, so… Lovers take a bow (repeat verse)
(2nd x: Nukes, may they rust in peace)

Plan Your Dream

Written By: Chip Shelton

[A] Tacit 8 measures

||: Plan your dream | make it happen and | do your thing | 1. It’s all yours if you |
2. Met a man, he said

| plan your dream | make it happen and | do your thing | 1. — :||
2. — So I |

||: 1. Learned how to drive a car | cause I | knew I was gonna go far | — |
2. Got me a bank account though I started with a small amount

| 1. Took me a tour of the town | cause I | knew I’d be gettin around | — :||
2. Checked everything I heard cause I knew what I heard was “word” — He said

|| Get inspired | don't be | no ways tired | — Custom— |

| —ize your scene | go (a)head | PLAN YOUR DREAM | — || (back to top)

| (last x go to CODA)


| PLAN YOUR DREAM | — Suave- ||
||: 1. - cito guy | it’s a | planned out | pie. There’s a |
2. worries girl it’s a planned out world. Lookin
3. dream your plan go (a)head plan your dream. Got to
4. dream your plan go (a)head plan your dream. Got to

| 1. slice for you | when your | plan works through | — Hey, no :||
2. oh so fine, plan workin right on time Got to
3. dream your plan go (a)head plan your dream. Got to
4. dream your plan go (a)head plan your dream. (fine)


"Limited Edition"on CCM Records, released January 21, 2013, is a sampler of previously-unreleased material from two (2) diverse settings: Rive Gauche/ Cairo Egypt and Cecil's Jazz Club/ USA. For Digital CD download, email

"Imbued With Memories", on Summit Records. Street date May 13, 2008. Grammy-considered, fall 2008.

"Have Flute Will Travel- Stop 2, Cape May Jazz Fesival", featuring Doug Carn, on Summit Records. Streaming audio at

"Peacetime", featuring Roy Meriwether, on Summit Records. Streaming audio at:

"Have Flute Will Travel, Stop 1-Berlin", on Summit Records, streaming audio at

"Flute Bass-ics", feat. Ron Carter, on Summit Records, streaming audio at

"More What Flutes 4", featuring Roy Meriwether, on Satellites Records, streaming audio at

"3 Flutes Up", on Satellites Records, streaming audio at

"A Labor of Love", on RUP Records

Set List

1/3 Originals, covering most of the different Jazz feels, past to present.
1/3 Standards like "Swinging Shepherd Blues", "Half Nelson", "Joy Spring", "Little Sunflower", "Footprints", "Take The A Train", How High The Moon", many reharmonized and given fresh new treatment.
1/3 World Feels and Ballads, including "Heritage Hum", "Recorda Me", "Nika's Dream", "Body and Soul", "Stella By Starlight", "Misty" and adaptations of Standards in such feels as Reggae, Calypso, Waltz, Jazz Funk, Jazz Rock, 6/8, Bossa Nova, Samba, Salsa, Merinque, and more.