Jazz About



Caleb Nei, a native of Huntington, Indiana, graduated from his hometown school, Huntington University, with a bachelor of arts in music with a concentration in music for the contemporary church. He has also studied jazz piano and jazz arranging at Shenandoah University.

On most weekends Caleb can be found somewhere in Northern Virginia. He loves playing solo piano and in small combo situations. He finds great joy in making events memorable in a way only live music can. He finds it an honor to be involved in the highlights of people’s lives: weddings, anniversaries, retirement parties, holiday parties. Find him most often at V2 in Winchester or Lightfoot Restaurant in Leesburg, but he has played at most of the hotels in DC, and at almost every country club in Loudoun County. Most recently, he’s leading a jazz concert series at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, VA. Get more info on his schedule at facebook.com/calebneijazz/events.

Some of the teachers who have had the most impact on his life include: Eric Clancy (jazz piano), Dr. Marlene Schleiffer (composition), Dr. Patricia Spedden (classical piano), and Dr. Robert Larson (jazz piano).

Caleb is the Worship Arts Director at Emmaus Church in Berryville, VA where he leads worship on Sunday morning, plans services, rehearses several bands and generally tries to do his share to keep things running smoothly.

He maintains a private piano studio of about 40 students. In the summer, Caleb works as an instructor for various camps and workshops including REVEAL in Purcellville, VA and LEAD in Roanoke, VA. In past years he has taught for the jazz track of PAVAN, the Virginia Governor’s School.

Caleb is the singer and pianist for the band, Stereoreel. They’ve played at retreats, events, and festivals throughout Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, and Mississippi.

His newest project, Vaulted Skies, involves recording solo piano versions of classic hymns and modern worship favorites. This will be on ongoing project exploring both his love of jazz, and his calling as a worship leader. “Like” facebook.com/vaultedskies to stay updated on this project.

He has three children, one wife and loves where God has him. He has no additional hobbies because…well…he thinks he has enough going on right now.

Interested in booking me for your event? Check out calebneijazz.com/booking.