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Bill Chase - "Close Up Tight"

Bill ChaseBill 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. It was 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 led his own group with four trumpets, four rhythm instruments and one vocalist arrangement which earned the group a "Best New Artist" grammy nomination in 1971. In 1974, Chase died in a plane crash on the way to another job. Bill Chase is recognized as one of the premier exponents of Jazz-Rock fusion and modern lead trumpet style.

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