Nathan Childers is a saxophonist, educator, and composer. He is endorsed as a RICO Reed Artist and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. Nathan is in demand as a woodwind specialist in New York City. Whether it's backing up Aretha Franklin at Jones Beach, a recording project with Dave Weckl and Mike Stern, performances with legendary rock band Deep Purple, or an on-screen performance for the movie Sex and the City II, Nathan maintains a varied and busy schedule.
He began his musical study on piano at the age of seven and started playing professional saxophone gigs at the age of thirteen. Nathan has earned three degrees in music, including an M.M. degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music, B.M. degree in Jazz Studies and Afro-American Music from the University of Massachusetts, and B.M. degree in Classical Saxophone Performance from the University of Massachusetts.
As a Saxophonist, Nathan has performed with the Birdland Big Band, Broadway Theater League Orchestra, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Daryl Hall, Debbie Gibson, Duprees, Frankie Valli, Funk Brothers, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Gracie Awards Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Michael Grimm, Temptations, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Tommy Igoe Sextet. He also played lead alto as part of the Buddy Rich Memorial Live Concert and DVD (featuring Chad Smith, Neil Peart, Peter Erskine, Terry Bozzio, Tommy Igoe, and Will Lee). Notable performance venues include the Beacon Theater, Birdland, Broadway Theaters, Iridium, The Jazz Cruise, Town Hall, and the Vail Jazz Festival.
Nathan has been recognized by several national organizations such as Downbeat Magazine, Saxophone Journal, Hilton Head Jazz Society, and the US State Department. His high-energy style can be heard as the lead alto saxophonist for the Birdland Big Band. As such, he has helped to shape a new sound in modern lead alto playing. Reviewer Dan Bilawsky in All About Jazz noted "the melodically brilliant Nathan Childers—who may be the best-kept-saxophone secret in New York."
His career has also included film and television appearances as an on-screen musician. These include Mildred Pierce (HBO), Sex and the City II, Steve Schirripa TV pilot for Fox Television, and Wall Street II. He also worked behind the scenes on Mr. Popper’s Penguins. He has performed in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including The Best is Yet to Come, Come Fly Away, Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love, Memphis, and The Wedding Singer.
As an Educator, Nathan has conducted clinics, workshops, and presentations at Amherst College, Eastman School of Music, Jazz Education Network, Ithaca College, Salem State University, Rutgers University, New Jersey Association of Jazz Educators, University of Massachusetts, and the US Scholastic Band Association. He has been a saxophone instructor and manager of the MILES (Music in the Lower East Side) band program at the Third Street Music School Settlement in lower Manhattan, and is currently the director of the Horizons Music Academy in New Canaan, Connecticut.
As a Composer, Nathan has been recognized by the BMI Composers Workshop, ASCAP, and the Amherst College department of music. He has enjoyed several commissions and is currently the music composer for the Visual Learning Company.Nathan proudly endorses Yamaha instruments.