Before I give you my list of things you DIDN’T know about me, I’ll give you a quick update on things you should know about me already… I’m 25 years old, born & raised in Pittsburgh (and on the Pittsburgh Jazz Scene), I moved to NYC in 2006 on a full scholarship to the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music and recorded my album “In Faith”, produced by Maurice Brown (released in September 2009). I just recently graduated from the New School this year, and in addition to performing with my own group, I’ve been keeping busy doing studio work and performing & recording with Nicholas Payton, Orrin Evans, and Maurice Brown. So, without any further ado,
10 things you didn’t know about Chelsea Baratz
1. I have an awesome dog named Remy who is the subject of one of my compositions, “Remy’s Revenge”, featured on Corey Wilkes’ album “Drop It”. I’m a big animal lover!
2. I was once an avid equestrian; before I committed my life to music, I had a horse named Pete, and I wanted to be an Olympic rider & horse trainer.
3.I love to cook & am a big foodie; I think cooking & making music are very similar.
4. Before I started playing saxophone, I wanted to play the drums (in 4th grade); my first summer in NYC, ten years later, I bought my first drum set & have been practicing ever since.
5. I’m a producer & have my own studio in Brooklyn; I compose & make music by any means necessary. I’ve collected an assortment of instruments and studio equipment, which I record with (my latest addition is a pink electric guitar I recently acquired, which I named the “Pink Lady”).
6. A lot of people notice that my favorite color is pink; this is because I’m a big supporter of breast cancer research. Growing up, my mother always worked in breast cancer research & fund-raising. She also had a breast cancer scare this past year, and my family and I were really shook up by this. Now that I’m finished with school, one of my biggest goals is to start an annual charity event to raise money for breast cancer research & treatment.
7. I have an obsession with Nike Dunks & AF-1’s; high tops, low tops, SBs… I have over 20 pairs.
8. I very much enjoy physical activities & working out; staying in shape is a big part of performing, especially when you’re working a lot & traveling. If you are tired & out if shape, it’s not fun!
9. My very first “gig” was with my dad & his blues band, the Monday Blues Review. Though he’s a doctor by profession, he is also a singer & harmonica player, and growing up, I was heavily exposed to blues music.
10. My first jam session ever (really my first time playing with real professional musicians) was at the historic Crawford Grill in Pittsburgh; I was 13 years old, and I played with Dwayne Dolphin, Roger Humphries, Sean Jones, Howie Alexander, Lou Stellute & Tony Campbell. I’ll never forget the moment I was on that stage & closed my eyes and thought to myself, “This is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life.”.
Thanks for getting to know me better, and be sure to check out my album “In Faith” on iTunes & CD Baby and visit my Youtube channel:
Be sure to check out Chelsea next Saturday on the JazzLive International Summer Stage!