Tommy Chase was born in Manchester in1947. He was largely self taught and turned professional in the mid 1960s and after working in night clubs and on cruise liners settled in London in 1973.|
Through the 1980s and '90s he led his own straight ahead hard driving bebop groups with some success in the clubs and at the first Soho Jazz Festival. He used young musicians, notably sax player Alan Barnes, guitarist Dave Cliff and bassiat Andy Cleyndert. Others who worked with him included Art Themen and Harry Becket. He was chosen to accompany visiting Americans including Al Haig, Jon Eardley and Joe Albany.
He was a forceful drummer very much in the hard hitting style of Art Blakey and many commented on his skill and timing. He quit the music scene early in 1999 after a final gig at the Jazz Cafe in Camden.
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The listing below is a full discography of Tommy Chase...
Tommy Chase / Ray Warleigh Quartet - June 27th, 1978 (One Way - Spotlite SPJ510)
Jon Eardley (tp) Ray Warleigh (as), John Burch (p), Danny Padmore (b), Tommy Chase (d).
Chasin' The Bimpt/Like Someone In Love/What's New?.
(Spotlite CD - One Way)
Tommy Chase / Ray Warleigh Quartet - October 18th, 1978 (One Way - Spotlite SPJ510)
Ray Warleigh (as), John Burch (p), Danny Padmore (b), Tommy Chase (d).
I Remember You/Stars Fell On Alabama/Speak Low.
(Spotlite CD - One Way)
Alan Barnes first two recordings were with the Tommy Chase Quartet. Chase's bebop styled quartet was a popular group on the British jazz scene in the 1980s...
Tommy Chase Quartet - November 13th, 14th, 1983 (Hard! - Boplicity BOP5)
Alan Barnes (as,ts), Nick Weldon (p), Andy Cleyndert (b), Tommy Chase (d).
Minority/Blue Sunset/The Message/Del Sasser/No Problem/Ladybird.
(Bgp CD - Hard!)
Tommy Chase Quartet - March 13th, 14th, 15th, 1985 (Drive - Paladin Pal5)
Alan Barnes (sop,as,ts), Mark Fitzgibbon (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Tommy Chase (d).
Drive/Close Your Eyes/Love For Sale/Sunset Eyes/Bogata George/Honest Jon/Whisper Not/Straight Edge/Tin Tin Deo/Ray's Idea.
Tommy Chase Quartet - 1986 (Groove Merchant - Stiff SEEZ66)
Kevin Flanagan (as,ts), Mark Edwards (p), Martin Klute (b), Tommy Chase (d).
The Message/Double Secret/Killer Joe/A Night In Tunisia/Groove Merchant/So Tired/Alfie's Theme/Get rich Quick/Sunset Eyes.
(Stiff CD - Groove Merchant)
Tommy Chase Quartet - 1990 (Rebel Fire - Moles MRIL002)
Ben Waghorn (as), Garry Baldwin (org), Arnie Somogyi (b), Tommy Chase (d).
Sneakin In/Calypso Blue/I Have A Dream/Rebel Fire/Trouble In The Casbah/Cry Freedom/The Predator/My Groove, Your Move.
Tommy Chase Quartet - July 25th, 1990 (Googa Mooga - Blow It Hard BIH002)
Ben Waghorn (as), Garry Baldwin (org), Dominic Howles (b), Tommy Chase (d).
Googa Mooga/Trouble In The Casbah/Harlem Nocturne/Killer Joe/My Groove, Your Move/Cry Freedom/I Have A Dream.
( CD - Googa Mooga)