INTERVIEW: Osmond Chapman Orchestra launches new big band record
Photo: David Osmond and Caleb Chapman are the conductors of the Osmond Chapman Orchestra. Photo courtesy of Russ Dixon / Provided by Fortune Creative with permission.
Saxophonist Caleb Chapman has teamed up with singer David Osmond – yes, that Osmond – to form the Osmond Chapman Orchestra, a group that brings the contemporary swing sound of a big band to life. Their first album, There is more where it came from, is now available from Club44 Records, according to press notes.
On the recording, listeners can hear unique interpretations of classic and contemporary tunes, including “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars, “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder and “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash. . The album is an eclectic mix of old and new; Plus, there are a few original compositions, including the title track, added for good measure.
Osmond comes from one of the most famous singing families of all time. He was discovered by Bob Hope for The Osmonds 2nd Generation, a group made up of the sons of Alan Osmond, according to his official biography. He also followed in the footsteps of his uncle Donny Osmond when he reprized the title role in Joseph and the incredible Technicolor dream coat. He was also forthright about his multiple sclerosis diagnosis and his journey.
Chapman is a multi-hyphenator who has been producing, writing and playing the saxophone for quite some time. His career has included stints alongside members of Maroon 5, Journey, The Killers, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, among others. He has also been a touring member of the Neon Trees and his acting has graced stages at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Apollo Theater.
Recently Hollywood soap box exchanged emails with Osmond and Chapman regarding their new project. Questions and answers have been edited slightly for style.
How did you start to collaborate?
OSMOND: Caleb and I have had the same reservation agent for several years. She had suggested to both of us for a while that we should work together. We would meet at events and talk about it casually, but after a few years of discussing it, we were like, “We have to do this! So we sat down over lunch and worked out some ideas and a vision for what Osmond Chapman’s orchestra might look like. Then we went to work.
CHAPMAN: When we started putting together the album, we were both busy with other projects, so it was really a relaxed side project. But then my family moved and I found out a few weeks later that I had bought the house literally next to David! We had looked at houses in eight different towns, so it was absolutely the strangest coincidence that we found ourselves next door. We both took this as a sign and got into the project all the way!
What can spectators and listeners expect from the debut album?
CHAPMAN: In addition to spending a lot of time in the world of pop and rock, much of my career has been centered around jazz, most notably as chairman of the Jazz Education Network, the world’s largest advocacy and advocacy organization. jazz education, so I’m incredibly familiar with the great jazz singers out there. What excited me about this project is combining the incredible voice of David, which is not a direct voice, trained in jazz, and the power of a hard swinging big band. So really what people are going to find with this album is something completely unique, the artistry of the band’s stellar musicians paired with this world class voice that brings its own style to the music.
OSMOND: We use songs generally associated with the Great American Songbook, but also some of the fantasy music that is more current – the songs of Bruno Mars and Stevie Wonder are also part of the canon of American music. People who love the music of Michael Bublé or Harry Connick, Jr., or other great singers like that, are going to love the album, but there is a whole new angle and a whole new excitement that they don’t have. may not have heard in a project before. !
The songs you have chosen are quite broad, encompassing modern standards and tunes. Why was it important to include so many different types of songs?
CHAPMAN: With the Osmond Chapman Orchestra, our goal was to have broad appeal for all ages. Our group is made up mostly of young musicians, ages 25-35, and the demographic that listens to our music ranges from teens to the youngest.
OSMOND: We wanted to make sure that the music we were presenting really connected with our entire audience, not just one segment or another. We definitely wanted to go way beyond the typical audience that might be associated with big band music.
What do you like about the original compositions of the project?
CHAPMAN: Anytime you write music with one of your best friends it’s great. That was definitely the case for David and I, and it was such a fun process for us to hook up with Roger Brown from Nashville and lock ourselves in a room for a day and find the originals for this album. We really enjoyed both the process and the result. We can’t wait to write more for the next album!
OSMOND: What’s really exciting for us is that when we play these new songs on stage, the audience response is often the best in the program. We take this as a huge compliment! We wanted our originals [to] have a timeless quality. Fans have said they feel the new line-ups match the album and the band. Caleb and I are proud of it.
What do you like about the era of big band swing music? What are some of your influences from this period?
OSMOND: I think what people maybe forgot, or didn’t realize in the first place, is that when big band music debuted it was the pop music of the day. It was the Beyoncé, it was the Justin Timberlake, it was the Billboard Top 100. Because the music is a few generations old at this point, some may think that the big band is irrelevant, but today it is just as powerful, energetic and exciting as it was when it stormed. the music scene. And I think that’s really the spirit that we wanted to capture in our performances.
CHAPMAN: For those who haven’t heard a big band live, there’s a power in this set that you really can’t capture with recorded music. The raw acoustic energy of these world-class musicians is almost unreal! They’re not just great players, they’re great performers, and that comes directly from the influences of the big band era. If you listen to the vibrancy of classic vintage conductors like Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman and Louis Prima and see the swagger of crooners like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, you can see what we’re talking about. But we take that attitude and combine it with new arrangements, modern tunes and incredible technical playing. The result is extremely entertaining. Not just from a musical point of view, but the whole experience.
What future for both of you and for the orchestra?
CHAPMAN: This is our first album, and the critical reception has been fantastic. Audiences love the live show. We really couldn’t be happier with the launch of the project. David and I are excited to be working on our next recording and to organize a National Performing Arts Center Tour. In the tradition of other famous Osmonds, we are also working on a residency in Las Vegas.
OSMOND: We bring this music all over the country. Really, that’s exactly what the name of the album says – “there’s more where it came from.” We have just started!
By John Soltes / Editor / John@HollywoodSoapbox.com
Osmond Chapman Orchestra’s debut album is called There’s More Where That Came From. Click on here for more information.