Chase Morrin

Jazz Pianist

Composer

Biography

Chase Morrin, 19, composer, arranger and pianist from San Diego, CA is a junior in a five year double-degree program at Harvard University (B.A. in Computer Science/Neurobiology, class of 2015) and New England Conservatory of Music (M.M. in Jazz Composition, class of 2016). Chase discovered piano at the age of eight when he received a toy “Costco” keyboard for Christmas. He has been playing, improvising, and composing ever since. He is currently involved in a number of projects with musicians from the Boston/Cambridge area including composing for the NEC Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra. In addition, 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 Monterey Jazz Festival. His trio performs all original music on his first studio CD, En Común. Chase has earned numerous awards for composition and performance which include the 2012 ASCAP Jimmy Van Heusen award as an aspiring young composer and recently performed at Lincoln Center in NYC; several ASCAP Young Jazz Composer awards; 2012 Yamaha Young Performing Artist for Jazz piano; Jazz Education Network (JEN) Composer Showcase award; nine DownBeat awards in composition, arranging and performance; five film scoring and composition awards through the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) and the Young Composers’ Guild (YCG); Monterey Jazz Festival’s Gerald Wilson award for his big band composition “Mumphis”; Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award for jazz instrumentalist; and three awards from the National Foundation for the Arts (YoungArts) in classical composition, jazz composition and jazz keyboard. During the summer of 2013, Chase studied on Harvard’s OFA projects grant at the Banff International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music and the Yellow Barn Young Artist’s Program. Chase has toured and performed at a number of world-renowned festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Vail Jazz Festival and Centrum Jazz Festival. He has also performed at Catalina Jazz Club (Hollywood), Vitello’s (Los Angeles), Yoshi’s (San Francisco), Jazz Alley (Seattle); Dizzy’s, (San Diego), Harvard and NEC to name a few recent venues. Chase draws from a variety of cultural musical influences – jazz, Latin, classical and world - hoping to inspire and connect his audiences. You can follow Chase at www.chasemorrin.com.