Continuing Pittsburgh's jazz legacy, Chelsea Baratz moved to New York at the age of 19 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on a scholarship. To date, she has traveled the world playing music, and works on both the New York & Chicago music scenes. Chelsea was a regular on the jazz scene in Pittsburgh since high school, where she grew up playing with legendary hard-bop drummer Roger Humphries, bassist Dwayne Dolphin and the young trumpet titan Sean Jones. She spent two years after high school studying music & working in Pittsburgh, during which she briefly studied with Branford Marsalis & honed her craft in anticipation of moving to New York. In July 2006, Chelsea was featured as a guest artist with Corey Wilkes' Chicago Young Lions Project at Millennium Park with Jimmy Cobb & Von Freeman. Upon moving to New York, Chelsea met trumpeter & producer Maurice Brown and they teamed up to complete her debut album In Faith. In addition, Chelsea played on Aretha Franklin's latest album, "Jewels in the Crown", and is featured as an artist & composer on Corey Wilkes' upcoming debut release, "Drop It" (Delmark Records). Chelsea also played with the 2007 IAJE Sisters in Jazz collegiate all-stars, performed at the 2007 IAJE conference in New York, the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Costa Rica International Jazz Festival in San Jose, Costa Rica. Chelsea has also performed with such esteemed artists as Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, DJ Logic, Roy Hargrove, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Vincent Herring, Eric Lewis, Rob Glasper, and Robert Irving III.
Chelsea's debut record "In Faith" features nine original compositions and a Fela Kuti tribute that show this young artist's strong roots in the jazz tradition as a player & composer, while revealing influences from R&B, hip-hop, gospel, contemporary jazz, and blues music. Produced by trumpet player & producer Maurice Brown, the album boasts a roster of himself & Corey Wilkes on trumpet & flugel horn; Orrin Evans & Mike Murray on piano; Richie Goods & Luques Curtis on bass; Obed Calvaire & Jevon Rushton on drums, and special guests Renee Nuefville (vocals), Chris Rob (vocals), Raymond Angry (keys) and Craig Handy (flute).