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Bill Chase

Born: October 20, 1934 | Died: August 9, 1974    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Bill Chase

William Edward Chiaiese was born on October 20, 1934 to John and Emily Chiaiese(key-ah-tze) in Dorchester , Massachusetts . The family later moved to Squantum , Mass. John changed the family name to Chase, understanding that the Italian name Chiaiese was both hard to spell and pronounce.

While Bill was growing up his parents felt that he needed to broaden his horizons and arranged for him to take violin lessons. Bill did not even touch the trumpet, until the middle of his high school years. A newspaper clipping dated 1956 pictures Bill listed as a Corporal in the 26th Yankee Infantry Division Band holding a bass drum. Bill's experience as a drummer changed his life and the lives of many others. During a St. Patrick's Day parade he had to lug his huge drum for five miles enduring the miserably cold pouring rain. It hurt so bad that he decided never to do it again, he asked his father to dig out his old trumpet for him....
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Source: Kevin Seeley

As a Leader: Chase- 1971 Ennea- 1972 Pure Music- 1974 As a Sideman: (Woody Herman) Woody's Winners Live in Antibes Encore 1963 My Kind of Broadway Blue Flame Live in Seattle Somewhere Live at Newport 1966 Heavy Exposure Woody Herman & the Fourth Herd Jazz Hoot

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For the majority of his career, Bill Chase used a Schilke B6LB (a medium bore trumpet with a medium-large tunable beryllium bell. Bill Chase mainly used a custom made Jet-Tone mouthpiece (slightly different than the current 'Bill Chase' model mouthpiece that Jet-Tone currently sells.) Later, he used a Schilke copy of the Jet-Tone. The Schilke 6A4A mouthpiece is very similar to Bill Chase's Schilke mouthpiece, and is marketed as the Bill Chase model.
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