Born in Oakland, California, Chase Jackson began playing the vibraphone and marimba after early exposure to jazz and afro-cuban jam sessions in the diverse Bay Area musical community. Chase attended Berkeley High School where he performed with their renowned big band in addition to leading and composing music for a number of his own ensembles. While in high school, Jackson performed at numerous national jazz competitions winning outstanding soloist and ensemble awards in multiple divisions.
Jackson studied jazz composition and performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the Robin Eubanks, Jay Ashby, Paul Samuels, Dan Wall, Billy Hart, Jamey Haddad, Wendell Logan and many others. He also completed his masters in music at the University Of Southern California where he studied jazz composition and jazz vibraphone performance with Vince Mendoza, Russ Ferrante & Bob Mintzer. Chase has performed with a number of masters including Joshua Redman, Ambrose Akinmusire, Geoffrey Keezer, Gary Novak, Steve Turre, Calvin Keys, Justin Faulkner, Leo Blanco, Jamey Haddad, Rufus Reid, Chris Thile and Gary Bartz
Chase has performed original music worldwide at the Monterey, Kuriskiki, and Montreux Jazz Festivals and has toured throughout Asia and Europe in addition to notable venues throughout the United States. He has also had his music performed on The CW Network show "90210", MTV's "Are You The One", TNT/TBS, The Hallmark Channel and The Disney XD.
Chase currently lives in Los Angeles working on a number of original projects ranging from modern jazz, film music, genre blending classical/jazz fusion and live electronic music. In addition to the vibraphone, Chase regularly performs on marimba, bass, guitar and keyboards in a variety of groups including KNMDK, Wake The Wild and his own varied ensembles.
Jackson is an educator and performing artist with Ludwig-Musser Percussion, BlueHaus Mallets and K&K Amplification. Chase currently is a college professor at Icon Collective, an innovative music college focusing on music production, songwriting and modern music in Los Angeles where he teaches music theory, arranging, songwriting, keys, guitar and Ableton music software. In all these undertakings, Chase aims to utilize the wisdom gained from his experience with such master musicians, honoring and progressing their tradition of innovation and exploration into the 21st century.