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Michael Dease

Michael Dease is one of the world's eminent trombonists, lending his versatile sound and signature improvisations to over 200 recordings and groups as diverse as Grammy winning artists David Sanborn, Christian McBride, Michel Camilo, and Alicia Keys. Born in Augusta, GA, he played the saxophone and trumpet before choosing the trombone at age 17. In 2001, Dease moved to New York City to become part of the historic first class of jazz students at The Juilliard School, earning both Bachelors and Masters degrees, and quickly established a reputation as a brilliant soloist, sideperson, and bandleader.

Never More Here (Posi-Tone, 2019), Dease’s newest release, is a reflection of the influence of Charlie Parker on his life, and is much deeper than a collection of Bird tunes. These songs depict Parker’s influence in other’s creative di- rections, paths less-traveled by proteges J.J. Johnson, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Heath, and John Lewis. Parker’s influence sparkles in artist-composers Eric Alexander, and Eddie Daniels represented here. As a bandleader, this is Dease’s seventh album for Posi-Tone and thirteenth of his career, and features Renee Rosnes, Rufus Reid, Lewis Nash and Steve Wilson to shine new light on these mostly rare songs.

Dease recently won the 64th Annual Downbeat Magazine Critic's Poll for Rising Star Jazz Trombonist, the 2017 Best Jazz Trombonist from NYC's Hot House Magazine, and is a sought-after and three-time Grammy award winning lead, section and bass trombonist with today’s leading jazz orchestras. His experiences include bands led by Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver, Rufus Reid, WDR Big Band, NDR Big Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. However, it is on the frontline of quintets and sextets led by master musicians like The Heath Brothers, Winard Harper, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, Claudio Roditi, Lewis Nash, and Rodney Whitaker where Dease has revitalized the trombone’s image. Not content to simply improvise, Dease arranges and composes for many different bands and constantly adjusts his tone and timbre to add just the right flavor to the music.

Dease’s unique blend of curiosity, hard work, and optimism, has helped him achieve worldwide recognition, including awards from ASCAP, The International Trombone Association, Yamaha, Eastern Trombone Workshop, New York Youth Symphony, among others. Dease was recently profiled in Cicily Janus’ book, The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today’s Living Legends (Random House). His experience in the studio led him to produce several recording sessions for emerging artists, often composing and writing liner notes for the releases.

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"Michael fills the trombone with a full sound. Great range, great facility. The slide does NOT hamper him." —Benny Golson

“I am simply amazed by the talent and sincerity of this young man, Michael Dease, one of the finest trombonists I have ever seen in my life. A brilliant musician. I am also sincerely proud of his original compositions, and am honored to have one written for me.”

“I predict that Michael Dease will become one of the world’s great trombone masters.” —Curtis Fuller, jazz legend, interview on September 3rd, 2004

“Michael Dease is one of the finest musicians out there today

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Michael Dease teaches private lessons by appointment at his studio in New York City, as well as online via Skype. Lesson fees operate on a sliding scale- starting at 100.00 USD per hour. Lessons with Michael Dease are clear, efficient, one-on-one sessions focused upon reaching your specific goals and unlocking your potential as a musical artist. Skype lessons proceed exactly as in-person lessons, with the added conveniences of in-home learning and flexible scheduling. Michael's students have won international awards, attended prestigious conservatories of music such as The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, and distinguished themselves in the professional world as recording artists and jazz soloists. To schedule a lesson, contact Michael via email at [email protected] and indicate your preferred method (NYC or Skype) and available time(s). PayPal is the preferred method of payment- please see the button for lesson options.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Cellar Music group


The Other Shoe: The...

Origin Records


Madd For Tadd

Self Produced


Best Next Thing

Posi-Tone Records


The Jazz All Stars...

Le Coq Records


Give It All You Got

Posi-Tone Records


Wake Up Call

From: The Other Shoe: The Music of...
By Michael Dease


From: Outrospection: The Music of...
By Michael Dease


From: Realization
By Michael Dease



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