Born and raised in the thriving music town of Memphis, TN, Will Caviness began playing trumpet at age 12. Showing immediate interest in jazz and the blues, he became fascinated by the trumpet styles of Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and others. Will began playing professionally in Blues and R&B bands on Beale Street as a teenager. Deciding to make music a career, Will earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Music from Boston’s New England Conservatory.
Now active as a bandleader, composer, and arranger, Will’s music can be heard on the radio, in jazz clubs and in concert halls. Will’s debut album A Walk (2016) garnered substantial attention, reaching the top 10 of the Jazz Week radio charts and earning reviews from several noteworthy jazz publications. “He is on target with music that swings, has punch, and sweet boss harmonies,” says O’s Place jazz review. Featuring a three-horn, trumpet-alto-tenor frontline reminiscent of Miles Davis’s classic sextet, the Will Caviness sextet features two of New York’s finest saxophonists, Benjamin Drazen and Sam Dillon, combined with an impeccable rhythm section consisting of pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Will Slater, and drummer Pete Van Nostrand.
As a professional musician Will Caviness has performed with many prominent players including Eric Alexander, Barry Harris, Jim Rotondi, Scott Wendholt, Jason Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Jerry Weldon, Danilo Perez, Bill Mobley, Jerry Bergonzi, Benjamin Drazen, and others; he currently regularly performs with the band Mod Society and the vocalist Ayana Lowe. He has appeared at many NYC venues such as Smalls, Fat Cat, Smoke, Zinc Bar and others, as well as The Nash in Phoenix, AZ, the Regattabar in Boston, South in Philadelphia, and the Sharp Nine Gallery in Durham, NC.
As an educator, Will has taught privately as well as in a lecture setting for many years. He has recently presented clinics on jazz improAvisation at in Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and Scottsdale Community College in Arizona.