Allan Chase Quartet

The Program: Music of Charlie Parker, creatively reimagined, in the first set, and original compositions by Allan Chase and Bruno Råberg in the second set.

Allan Chase is a jazz saxophonist, composer, and college educator. He has performed jazz and improvised music since 1974 with his own groups and as a member of 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), the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, the Bruno Råberg Quartet. He has also played with Ra Kalam Bob Moses, Andrew Cyrille, Alan Dawson, Teddy Kotick, Cecil McBee, Uri Caine, Fred Hersch, Stanley Cowell, Bill Mays, Julius Hemphill, Steve Lacy, John Zorn, and Gunther Schuller.

He appears as a soloist on over fifty jazz and improvised music recordings. He has released two CDs as a leader, "Dark Clouds with Silver Linings" (with Ron Horton, Tony Scherr, and Matt Wilson), and "Phoenix" (with Ron Horton, Adam Kolker, David Finck, and Lewis Nash).

Since 2008, Chase has chaired the Ear Training department at Berklee College of Music, and he works with the students of the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee.

He studied music theory and composition at Arizona State University (BM 1978) and ethnomusicology at Tufts University (MA 1992), where he wrote a book-length thesis on the music of Sun Ra. He also did graduate study in music theory and jazz at New England Conservatory (1980-81) and studied new music improvisation in two summer programs at the Creative Music Studio with Roscoe Mitchell, Karl Berger, George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Jerome Cooper, Leo Smith, and others (1978 and ‘79).

​Trumpeter Phil Grenadier grew up in a musical family in San Francisco. He and his brothers Larry and Steve performing together at such renowned festivals as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Russian River Jazz Festival and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. By the time he was 16, he was working regularly as a sideman for such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Tony Bennett, Carlos Santana, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Dionne Warwick and Steve Smith’s Vital Information.

He moved to New York in 1988. There, he taught jazz trumpet at the Mannes College of Music, and worked extensively with noted saxophonist/composer Bob Belden. Another strong influence during Phil’s New York years was his work with pianist Richie Beirach, with whom he worked extensively in a duo situation. During this period, he also performed and recorded with Owen Howard, Chris Potter and Seamus Blake.

In 1995, Grenadier relocated to Boston. In 2007, Grenadier toured across Europe, South America and the United States with John Scofield’s group, with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart, with the tour culminating in a sold-out performance at NYC’s Carnegie Hall. In addition to leading his own acclaimed Boston-based trio (with whom he recently completed a soon-to-be-released new album), Grenadier continues to perform with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, with whom he’s recorded two albums and toured Europe.

2000 saw the release of his first album as a leader, "Sweet Transients", which also featured Ethan Iverson and Bill Stewart. It was followed in 2003 by "Playful Intentions", whose cast also included Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jeff Ballard.

Grenadier has also played on more than 50 albums with Kenny Barron, Larry Goldings, Kevin Hays, Marc Copland, Bill Carrothers, Chris Potter, Anthony Braxton, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Brad Shepik, Billy Kilson, John Hollenbeck, Gerald Cleaver, Bob Moses, Drew Gress, Ira Coleman, Bob Nieske, Harvey Wainapel, and brother Larry Grenadier.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Harvey Wainapel/Phil Grenadier Group.

Bruno Råberg is an internationally renowned bass player and composer. Since coming to the US from his native Sweden in 1981, he has made six recordings as a leader, about 30 as a sideman, and has performed with world-class artists including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Sam Rivers, Billy Pierce, Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Ben Monder, Bruce Barth, Jim Black, Matt Wilson, Ted Poor, Bob Mintzer, and Mike Mainieri. Tours have taken Råberg throughout Europe, Scandinavia, USA, Japan, India, Africa, and Central America, and to jazz festivals such as Pori, Umbria, Monterey, Nancy, Bologna, Graz, Stockholm, Boston, and Cape Town.

Bruno Råberg grew up in the countryside of Sweden. At 20, Swedish trombone virtuoso Eje Thelin drafted him. He stayed with Thelin’s group for 4 years, and toured throughout Europe and the US, performing at the Monterey Jazz in 1976. During his 20s, Råberg performed and recorded with renowned European artists such as Bobo Stenson, Monica Zetterlund, Zpigniew Seifert, Nils Landgren, and Ulf Wakenius.

In 1981, Råberg left his performing career in Europe to come to the USA, thanks to a scholarship to the New England Conservatory in Boston. There he studied with Miroslav Vitous, Mick Goodrick, George Russell, and Bob Moses. He graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies with Distinction in Performance.

He has been a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1986 and has traveled to Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Japan and Costa Rica as a clinician/performer for Berklee.

For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. An ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, and Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, violinists Regina Carter and Jenny Scheinman, and clarinetist Ben Goldberg.

As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded with Laurie Anderson, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, John Scofield, Wadada Leo Smith, Bruce Cockburn, Madeleine Peyroux, Joan Osborne, Jacky Terrasson, Phil Lesh, Sex Mob, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, Bobby Black, Larry Goldings, and Paul McCandless.

Scott was heard here previously with "Plays Monk", Scott Amendola Quartet, Scott Amendola Trio, and Emil Viklický.