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Bill Chase
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Bill Chase Bill Chase was born William Edward Chiaiese on October 20, 1934 to John and Emily Chiaiese in Squantum, Mass. Chase played drums in marching band until his junior year of high school when he began playing trumpet. After high school Bill studied at the New England Conservatory, only to complete his degree at the Berkley School of Music in Boston, where he studied with Herb Pomeroy and Armando Ghitalla. Chase soon found himself working with Maynard Ferguson, where he remained for about a year and moved on to the Stan Kenton Orchestra, settling finally into the lead trumpet chair in Woody Herman's Thundering Herd. Bill would work with this group for most of the early and middle 60s. After leaving Herman's band, Chase found himself in Las Vegas, working as a freelance musician and arranger, with artists such as Vic Damone, Johnny Carson, and others. It was also at this time that the Beatles came on the scene, and his interest turned toward rock. He was soon writing blistering arrangements combining the best of both worlds. As the 1970s began, Chase found himself thinking of creating his dream band. The group evolved over six months into the four trumpets, four rhythm instruments and one vocalist arrangement which earned the group a "Best New Artist" grammy nominationin 1971. When his group Chase blasted on the scene with "Get It On," Chase rocketed to national Bill Chaseattention with his horn section using to full advantage delicate contrapuntal figures, swinging riffs, ingeniously-scored colorations as well as powerful climaxes. All lying atop the potent rhythmic base of the group. In 1974, Chase chartered a plane to take him and three band members to a performance in Jackson, MN. The weather was bad with a low ceiling, and the airport in Jackson had little communications equipment. The plane went down, but was not found until the next day. There were no survivors. Today, Bill Chase is still recognized as one of the premier exponents of Jazz-Rock fusion and modern lead trumpet style.


1957 Berklee Jazz in the Classroom Vol.1
1958 Maynard Ferguson - Swinging My Way Through College (Roulette R25058)
1958 Maynard Ferguson - Message From Newport (Roulette RE116)
1958 Maynard Ferguson - Trumpets Out Front (Jazz Vogue VJD567)
1958 Stan Kenton - Viva Kenton (Capitol W1305)
1958 Stan Kenton - Standards in Silhouette (Capitol ST 1394)
1958 Stan Kenton - Live At Barstow (Status DSTS1001)
1959 Woody Herman - Live At Monterey (Atlantic 1328)
1960 Woody Herman - New Swingin' Herd (Crown CST 205)
1960 Woody Herman - Crown Royal (Laserlight Digital 15 775)
1962 Woody Herman - My Kind of Jolson (Jazz Swinger) (CBS 62844)
1962 Woody Herman - Recorded Live (Ambassador Records S 98052)
1962 Woody Herman - New World of Woody Herman (Jazz Legacy 33)
1962 Woody Herman - Live Guard Sessions with the Sara Vahughn Jazz Band (EBCD 2108-2)
1963 Woody Herman - 1963 (Phillips 600-065)
1963 Woody Herman - Encore (Phillips 600-092)
1963 Woody Herman - In A Misty Mood (Jazz Society VG671)
1963 Woody Herman - Live in Stereo 1963 Summer Tour Jazz Hour (JH 1006)
1964 Woody Herman - 1964 (Phillips PHS 600-118)
1964 Woody Herman - Big Band Goodies (Mercury Wing WC16329)
1964 Woody Herman - My Kind of Broadway (Columbia CL2357)
1965 Woody Herman - Woody's Winners (Columbia CL2436)
1965 Woody Herman - Jazz Hoot (Columbia Cl32530)
1965 Woody Herman - Live In the Antibes (Frances Concert FCD-117)
1965 Woody Herman - Live East and West (Columbia CS9493)
1965-67 Woody Herman - I Grande Del Jazz (GDJ 19)
1966 Woody Herman - Live at Newport (Jazz Band EBCD 2118-2)
1967 Woody Herman - Live in Seattle (Moon Records MCD 002-2)
1969 Woody Herman - Somewhere (Moon Records MCD 030-2P)
1969 Woody Herman - Blue Flame (LRC CDC 9094)
1969 Woody Herman - Heavy Exposure (Cadet 835)
1969 Woody Herman - Double Exposure (Chess 2ACMJ-402)
???? Music From Free Creek (Charisma CADS101)
1971 Chase - Chase (Epic KE30472)
1972 Chase - Ennea (Epic KE31097)
1973 Chase - Pure Music (Epic KE32572)
1973 Gibson Ripper Bass Demo with Dartanyan Brown
1977 Chase Tribute Album - Watch Closely Now

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