Allan Chase

Director of Jazz Studies, Interlochen Arts Camp

Chair, Ear Training and Faculty, Global Jazz Institute, Berklee College of Music

M.A., Ethnomusicology, Tufts University; B. Mus., Music Theory and Composition, Arizona State University

Allan Chase is a jazz saxophonist, composer, college teacher, and administrator. He has performed jazz and improvised music since 1974 with his own groups and with the Lewis Nash-Allan Chase Duo (1979-80), Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet (1981-present), Prima Materia with Rashied Ali (1992-2000), the Steve Lantner Quartet with Joe Morris, and Luther Gray (2002-present), and many other groups in a wide range of styles. He appears as a soloist on over fifty jazz recordings.

Since 2008, Chase has chaired the Ear Training department at Berklee College of Music. He has taught courses in jazz history, transcription and analysis, ear training, harmony, counterpoint, music theory, ensembles, and private lessons in saxophone and improvisation. He began his teaching career at Berklee in 1981, and has taught at Tufts University (1993-7) and New England Conservatory (1994-2012), where he served as Chair of Jazz Studies, Chair of Contemporary Improvisation, and Dean of Faculty.