Allan Chase is a jazz saxophonist, composer, educator, and researcher. Since 2008, he has chaired the Ear Training department at Berklee College of Music in Boston and teaches courses in improvisation and jazz history as part of Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute. He taught at New England Conservatory from 1994 to 2012, chaired NEC’s Jazz Studies and Improvisation department (1996-2001) and Contemporary Improvisation department (2005-8), and served as NEC’s Dean of Faculty from 2000 to 2006.
Allan Chase has appeared as a saxophone soloist on over forty recordings, eight of which feature his own compositions, and performs in New England, New York City, and Europe. The Allan Chase Quartet's Dark Clouds With Silver Linings, his first recording as a leader, was released in October 1995 and was selected as one of the top ten CDs of the year by Bob Blumenthal of the Boston Globe and critics for JazzIz and other publications. His second CD, Phoenix, features drummer Lewis Nash in a tribute to their hometown. It was recorded in 1996 and released in 2000.
Allan Chase was born on June 22, 1956 in Willimantic, Connecticut, and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona from the age of four. He received his bachelor's degree in music theory and composition from Arizona State University in 1978, where he studied composition with Ronald LoPresti. While still a college student, he performed in clubs, concerts, and festivals with local jazz musicians, including Charles Lewis, Prince Shell, Lewis Nash, and Francine Reed.