Chris Kase

Jazz musician. Professor of Trumpet at Musikene Advanced School of Music of the Basque Country. Professor of Trumpet at Alfonso X el Sabio University (Spain).
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Biography

Chris Kase studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and at the University of Massachusetts where he was a student of and assistant to Natalo Paella.

Throughout the length of his career Chris has been awarded numerous prizes for performance and for composition. He was one of only 15 trumpet players, on an international level, to be chosen to participate in the Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington DC in 1997. It was from 1997 on that Chris chose Madrid, Spain as his home. There he has had an intense musical and pedagogical career and has been featured at numerous venues and in prestigious music schools throughout the country. He has been a guest professor at the University of Connecticut and the University of Michigan and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals such as Jazz-it-up! In Macau.

More than seventy of his compositions have been edited and recorded by groups such as the Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra, Creativa Jazz Orchestra, Bird of Paradise Orchestra, Musikene Big Band and the Bob Sands Big Band.

He is the author of the methods Twenty-First Century Technique (Balquhidder Music, 2006) and Arpeggiare (Mountain Peak Music, 2016), and of a collection of arrangements for trumpet section and rhythm section (Triplo Press and Quinessential Brass Repertoire).

Collaborations in jazz: The Mingus Big Band, Adam Nussbaum, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Mintzer, The Bird of Paradise Orchestra, Steve Coleman, Chick Corea, Steve Wilson, Al Foster, Grant Stewart, Bruce Barth, Jacob Sacks, David Berkman, Perico Sambeat, Iñaki Salvador, Jorge Pardo, Don Braden.

Career
  • 2014 to present: Professor of Trumpet at Alfonso X el Sabio University (Spain)
  • 2004: Honorable Mention at John Lennon Songwriting Contest (United States)
  • 2003 to present: Professor of Trumpet at Musikene Advanced School of Music of the Basque Country (Spain)
  • 2003: 3rd Prize at SGAE Tete Montoliú Jazz Biennale (Spain)
  • 2001: 2nd Prize at SGAE Tete Montoliú Jazz Biennale (Spain)
  • 1997 to present: Jazz musician (Spain)
  • 1997-2004: Professor of Trumpet at Creative Music School of Madrid (Spain)
  • 1997: Honorable Mention at ASCAP & IAJE Dizzy Gillespie Commissions (United States)
  • 1992-1997: Professor of Trumpet at Mannes School of Music in New York City (United States)
  • 1992: Honorable Mention at Billboard Awards (United States)
  • 1991: Honorable Mention at American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) (United States)
  • 1991: Honorable Mention at Billboard Awards (United States)
  • 1990: 1st Prize at Ypsilanti Heritage Festival (United States)
  • 1986-1988: Bachelors at University of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
  • 1982-1985: Bachelors at Berklee College of Music (United States)
  • 1979-1997: Jazz musician (United States)


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