Jerry , original Chase member,was one of the great jazz trumpet players of this era... his beautiful, melodic improvisations and trumpet section work recorded with Chase will be remembered along with the trumpet greats"...
Mr. VanBlair played trumpet and flugelhorn with the Cincinnati-based bands Cal Collins, the Jimmy McGary Quintet, the Toler Brothers and Shield-stone. In the early 1970s he was a member of the rock-jazz music band Chase. The band produced three albums and received a Grammy nomination. The bandís success led members on tours to Japan, Africa and the United States. They also appeared on The Tonight Show and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. In 1974, four members of the band, including leader Bill Chase, were killed in a plane crash. Previously, Mr. VanBlair performed in show bands in Las Vegas with Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Della Reese, Mitzie Gaynor and Tom Jones. Mr. VanBlair was a Navy veteran and performed in the U.S. Navy Band. Survivors: daughters Valerie L., Valisha L. VanBlair, Vickie Cox; five grand-children.
Chase member Jerry L. VanBlair played horn with bands
and many celebrities.
From the 6-21-00 Indianapolis Star obit section
Listen to Jerry playing flugel horn and trumpet solos on "Those
Eyes" from the Watch
Closely Now album.
You can also hear him play on Chase and Ennea.