Obed Calvaire, a native of Miami and of Haitian descent, graduated with from one of America’s premiere private music conservatories, Manhattan School of Music. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2003, completing the undergraduate degree requirements in three years and receiving his master’s in 2005.
Calvaire has performed and recorded with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Seal, Eddie Palmeri, Vanessa Williams, Dave Holland, David Foster, Mary J. Blige, Stefon Harris, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Peter Cincotti, Musiq Soulchild, Nellie McKay, Yellowjackets, Joshua Redman, Steve Turre and Lizz Wright, to name a few. He has also performed with large ensembles such as the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, the Clayton Brothers, the Mingus Big Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band and the Bob Mintzer Big Band.
Currently, Calvaire performs with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dave Holland, Monty Alexander, Sean Jones, Yosvany Terry, Mike Stern, among others.