Jeff Chilton was born in the capital district of NY to classical music aficionado Cecile Stewart and Music Teacher/Church Choir Director Douglas Chilton. He maintains an active musical life playing both tenor and bass trombones, singing, composing/arranging, and teaching privately. Chilton holds a B.M. in Music Education with a Jazz Concentration from Ithaca College where he studied with Jeffrey Gray, Harold Reynolds, Greg Evans, and Michael Titlebaum.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2014, Chilton worked for 2 years aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise ships, performing in over 30 countries and 3 continents with notables such as The Platters, The Las Vegas Tenors, and The Diamonds. In 2016 Chilton settled in Portland, OR to pursue original creative music as both a sideman and leader. During his Portland career, he has played with international indie band Broken Social Scene, as well as local PDX favorites Dirty Revival, Onion the Man, and the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble at venues such as the Crystal Ballroom, Pickathon Music Festival, Jack London, Doug Fir, Goodfoot, Wonder Ballroom, Star Theater, and Roseland Theater. Chilton has recorded on numerous independent tracks by artists such as Adebisi, David Barber, Tribe Mars, Jonny Cool, Jack Maybe Project, and The Afternooners in acclaimed settings such as Jackpot Recording Studios, Maproom Recording Studios, and Supernatural Sound.
Chilton is also a commanding band leader and artistic personality. He composes, directs, and fronts the ensemble Jay Si Proof, a 7 piece project featuring horns, vocals, and a jazz rhythm section described as “earth jazz alchemists” by Vortex Magazine. The group's vintage, 70's influenced aesthetic was featured in director Dan Caplan's music video “Our Lament,” shot and edited entirely on Super 8 film. The ensemble continues to gain buzz for their fusion of jazz, funk, hip hop and nature based spiritualism.
In addition to performing, Chilton manages a private trombone studio and works closely with music educators in Portland Public Schools. His students have been selected for multiple honors and awards as well as the Oregon All-State Jazz Band and Orchestra. He directs an annual Brass Band Workshop for High School students and offers sectionals and clinics for brass and jazz groups. He is currently on staff at Beaumont Middle School and Cleveland High School as a low brass coach.