Chase Garrett

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Iowa City, IA native Chase Garrett began playing piano professionally at age seventeen and within a few years was performing at Blues, Rockabilly and Boogie Woogie festivals across the U.S. and Europe. Chase has been heavily influenced by artists such as Ray Charles, Roy Milton, B.B.King and Louis Prima and as such his piano and vocal style has grown into an infectious blend of foot stomping Boogie Woogie, high energy Jump Blues and powerful Piano Blues that is sure to entertain. Chase has dedicated himself to the piano not only as a pianist, but also as an event coordinator and piano instructor. He brought world class pianists, bands, dancers and other special guests to the beautiful and historic Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City, IA for his annual Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp Festival from 2010 to 2019, has taught master classes and piano performance at colleges, music festivals, swing camps and School of Rock locations across the U.S. and continues to organize music and dance related events in St. Louis, MO where he currently resides. Chase is also a co-founding member of St. Louis’ Premier Jump Blues Band “Sweetie & The Toothaches.” in which he is the music director, arranger and pianist.

About their role in ICON...

I've worked with Leslie Nolte and her team at Nolte Academy in Iowa City, IA on a handful of projects over the past 10 years and her eye for the arts in simply unmatched. I'm grateful and thrilled to be a panelist on the St. Louis leg of this new and exciting journey for ICON Arts Academy!


Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp Festival – Founder and Coordinator

Pianist, Music Director and Arranger for St. Louis’ Premier Jump Blues Band, “Sweetie & The Toothaches.”

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