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Chase Morrin

Yusef Lateef
Adam Rudolph and Yusef Lateef

Chase Morrin, 18, composer, pianist, and band leader from San Diego, CA is a freshman in a double degree program at Harvard (Bachelor’s in Science, class of 2015) and New England Conservatory (Master’s in Jazz Composition, class of 2016). He is currently studying with Ken Shaphorst and Frank Carlberg, composes for the NEC Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra and plays piano in an NEC ensemble directed by Jerry Bergonzi.

Chase directs, composes, and arranges for the Chase Morrin Trio, which won the open combo division at Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Festival and performed at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival. His trio performs all original music on his first studio CD, En Común, which is recently released. His musical activities have included composing and conducting for Canyon Crest Academy’s choir, music, dance and theater conservatories; percussion in the wind ensemble; piano for MiraCosta College’s Latin Jazz Orchestra; and piano for Palomar College’s jazz ensemble. Chase has traveled to Indonesia to study gamelan music and played bonang in a Javanese gamelan orchestra through the World Center of Music. Chase has earned numerous awards for composition and performance:

Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference Student Composer Showcase

ASCAP Plus Award and 4 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer awards

8 DownBeat awards in composition, arranging and performance

4 composition and film scoring awards from Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) and the Young Composers’ Guild (YCG)

2010 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award, jazz instrumentalist

2011 & 2012 National Foundation for the Arts

YoungArts awards in classical composition, jazz composition and jazz keyboard

Monterey Jazz Festival’s Gerald Wilson award for big band composition

Pianist for the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

Pianist for the Reno Jazz Festival all star combo in 2009 and 2011

Pianist for the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop, 2010

Pianist for the 2010 Vail Jazz Workshop

Chase discovered the keyboard at the age of eight when he received a toy “Costco” keyboard for Christmas. He immediately started playing/improvising, composing and has never stopped since then. Chase draws from a variety of cultural musical influences – jazz, Latin, classical and world – hoping to inspire and connect his audiences.