Chase Morrin

Saturday, July 15, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

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In partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival we are proud to welcome back jazz pianist Chase Morrin. Chase, a San Diego native, was part of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation program which honors top student musicians from across the globe. Chase graduated from Harvard in 2015, earning a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Neurobiology, and from New England Conservatory (M.M.) in 2016. Chase currently attends the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music and has garnered many accolades including awards from ASCAP and DownBeat Magazine.

In the spirit of music education, the show kicks off with 30 minutes of music by The Young Lions All-Stars presented by Gilbert Castellanos. This quartet includes talented up-and-coming middle/high school jazz musicians, representing some of the top jazz music programs in Southern California. This concert features Carmen Murray (Drums), John Murray (Upright Bass), Jason Picker (Keys), and Alvin Paige (Tenor Saxophone) with ages ranging 13-17 years old.


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Chase Morrin

Chase Morrin

Chase Morrin, composer, arranger and pianist from San Diego, CA, graduated with his M.M. in Jazz Composition from New England Conservatory of Music, Pi Kappa Lambda, in 2016. He graduated from Harvard University in 2015, earning his B.A. in Computer Science and a minor in Neurobiology. At Harvard, Chase was awarded with The Louis Sudler Prize as the senior who demonstrated the most outstanding talent and achievement in the composition and performance of music during his undergraduate years. In addition, Chase was a 2013 Harvard Artist Development Fellow. Chase is currently working on a second M.M. at Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute.

Chase is currently involved in a number of projects with musicians from the Boston/Cambridge area which have included composing for the NEC Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra and a new duo ensemble, Gapi, with Gayageum player Do Yeon Kim. He recently was commissioned by the Louisville Orchestra to compose and write a piano concerto which he performed with the orchestra in April, 2016. In addition, he recently released The Corn Knight, a collaboration with marimbist, Yaniv Yacoby. Chase directs, composes, and arranges for the Chase Morrin Trio with bassist, Johnny Chapman, and drummer Jongkuk Kim. His trios/bands have won the open combo division at Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Festival in which they performed at the festival and have also been showcased at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference. He released his first trio CD, En Común, in 2012 and his second trio CD, Turtle, November 2016.

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 awards; 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 Panama Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Vail Jazz Festival, Bowdoin International 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); Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York), Dizzy’s, (San Diego), Harvard, NEC, and Berklee to name a few recent venues.


The Young Lions All-Stars
The Young Lions All-Stars

Gilbert Castellanos, San Diego's own virtuoso trumpeter, world class musician and respected educator, features up-and-coming young jazz musicians from the Southern California region every week in his Young Lions Series at Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum of Art. He is dedicated to raising up the next generation of jazz in America's Finest City, providing them with a public platform to deepen their musical development and showmanship! Since the series' inception in 2014, over 200 musicians from the region’s most outstanding middle and high school jazz programs have been highlighted including: The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Mission Bay High School Preservationists, etc. The Young Lions All-Stars are the "best of the best," with many having attended special youth jazz music programs at the Berklee School of Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center NYC, Monterey Jazz Festival, UCSD Jazz Camp and more!

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