Born in the capital district of NY, Jeffrey Chilton 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 college in 2014, Chilton worked for 2 years aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise ships, entertaining audiences around the world before finally settling in Portland, OR. A passionate and professional performer Chilton gigs with a variety of projects around town in genres such as indie, hip hop, jazz, and funk. He has performed at The Jack London, Crystal Ballroom, Doug Fir, Local Celebrity, Atlantis Lounge, Goodfoot, Wonder Ballroom, Star Theater, Roseland, and others. Chilton is a commanding band leader and fronts Jay Si Proof, a Portland based collective of modern jazz and hip hop performers currently working on an original album. He also performs around the state for weddings, private parties, dinners, and cocktail hours with an intimate jazz duo and a dixie style quartet.
In addition to performing, Chilton manages a private trombone studio and works closely with music educators in Portland Public Schools. 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 sectional coach.