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Chase Sanborn


CHASE SANBORN (trumpeter, flugelhornist) was born on September 3, 1956 inSummit, New Jersey, U.S.A. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. A veteran session musician, he has played on hundreds of commercial recording dates and logged many hours in the orchestra pit for Broadway musicals. For some time he was a member of the Ray Charles Orchestra and has appeared with a lengthy list of starring jazz and pop artists including Aretha Franklin and Diana Krall.

Based in Canada for the past several years, Sanborn has become a mainstay of the Toronto jazz scene, both as a player and educator. He is a long-time columnist for Canadian Music magazine, and a contributor to a variety of music-related publications.

To date, he has released five CDs under his own name, with the latest, Double Double featuring Chase and his longtime musical partner pianist Mark Eisenman,. Reviewing his previous release, Perking Up, Toronto Star jazz critic Geoff Chapman wrote, “Chase Sanborn’s latest disc is illuminated by sublime statements and moments of aching poignancy. Creativity is front and center here.”

Sanborn is a dedicated and highly-respected music educator, teaching on the jazz faculty at the University of Toronto, and appearing throughout North America as a clinician and guest artist. His instructional books, CDs and DVDs -- Jazz Tactics, Brass Tactics, Tuning Tactics -- have garnered universal praise for their insightful and entertaining approach to playing and teaching music.