Currently attending the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the Jazz Studies Department, Chase Jackson has been performing music since age nine when he began playing vibraphone. Born in Oakland California in 1991, Jackson attended Berkeley High School, an institution notable for turning out jazz greats such as Joshua Redman, Benny Green, Ambrose Akinmusire, Charlie Hunter, and Justin Brown among many others. Performing in the large jazz ensemble, lead by Charles Hamilton, in addition to leading numerous student formed combos, Chase began to compose and arrange his own original music. During this time he concurrently studied vibraphone with percussionist Tommy Kesecker.
While in High School, Chase performed at numerous jazz competitions both local and national, winning outstanding soloist awards in both the big band and combo division. At the 2008 Monterey Next Generation festival, Chase was selected by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington to participate in her Berklee School of Music Summer Jazz Workshop, where he was one of 16 nationally recognized outstanding jazz students who worked personally with her and other notable Berklee faculty. Later that year, he performed at the 51st Monterey Jazz Festival with the 2008 Jazzchool Advanced Jazz Workshop, which later went on to win the DownBeat Student music awards for best conglomerate small jazz group. The following year, he returned to perform at the 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival after winning first place in the Combo Division of the 2009 'Next Generation' national competition. In addition to these honors and accolades, Chase has also performed in Japan at the Kurashiki Jazz Festival, and in Europe at the Montreux Jazz festival in addition to other venues in Asia and Europe.