Chase Kuesel (pronounced Key-sull) is a drummer and composer from Cos Cob, Connecticut. An accomplished and versatile performer and teacher, his musical ensembles and affiliations have taken him across the world.
Kuesel graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory in 2016 with a BM in Jazz Studies and a BA in English. He studied with Billy Hart, Jamey Haddad, Robin Eubanks, and Eddie Henderson throughout his time there, and he co-formed the ensembles Echoes and Frisson, both of which continue to tour across the world. In 2017, Kuesel moved to Boston to begin his graduate studies on full scholarship at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where he studies with Danilo Pérez, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, and Joe Lovano.
Although only 23, Kuesel and his ensembles have already received considerable recognition from preeminent music institutions and publications. He has received grants from the US Embassy and Oberlin Conservatory Ignition Fund to perform and teach in Jordan and the Netherlands. His ensemble Echoes was appointed the youngest ensemble to ever be in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in 2015. The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity awarded Kuesel a scholarship in August 2016 to study and perform at their renowned Jazz and Creative Music Institute. In 2017, his ensemble Frisson completed an extensive tour of the West Coast and were hailed as an ensemble of "young Turks creatively expanding the jazz lexicon" with "intricately crafted percussion” by the Idyllwild Journal.
Based in Boston, Kuesel continues to actively perform and compose. In September, he will move to Basel, Switzerland, to participate in the internationally assembled ensemble, Focusyear.