Michael Dease

Primary Instrument: Trombone

Born: August 25, 1982    

Michael Dease

Trombonist Michael Dease has won high praise for his skills as a player, composer, and producer. Since his arrival in 2001, Dease has already developed a distinctive personal sound that leaves a lasting impression with musicians, critics and jazz fans.

Things fell into place quickly for Dease, as he caught the ear of several veteran musicians not long after coming to New York. His first major break came when he was asked to join Illinois Jacquet’s Big Band, with whom he made his debut recording, and he’s never looked back. Since then, the trombonist has performed and toured with the big bands of Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, and Charles Tolliver....
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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. The feeling that he puts through his instrument carries me way back! It is a pleasure to have Michael in my band. He inspires me.” --Illinois Jacquet, jazz innovator, on July 14, 2004

“One of the most extraordinary musicians I have ever met. Without a doubt the best young trombonist I have ever heard.” --Dr. Nathan Davis, jazz education pioneer, June 14th, 2004

“... a beautiful sound, dark and warm with virtuosic facility. Attention trombonists! Mr. Dease is raising the bar.” --Dr. David Baker, jazz education pioneer, on June 8th, 2004

  • Relentless

    Posi-Tone Records
  • Coming Home

    D Clef Records
  • Grace

    Jazz Legacy Productions
  • Grace

    Jazz Legacy Productions
  • Clarity

    Blues Back Records
  • Dease Bones

    Astrix Media

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New York, NY

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

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 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.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Michael Dease completed the BM in Jazz Studies and MM in Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School in New York City. This education grounded in New York City's legendary jazz scene has helped him become a powerful communicator throughout his professional career, and afforded him the foundation of knowledge and ethics required in his public and private teaching opportunities. Mr. Dease has taught at every age range- from toddler to octogenarian-though most of his students and audiences are aspiring trombonists in both high school and college. At Juilliard he was a Morse Teaching Fellow, providing master classes in public schools throughout inner-city Manhattan. Mr. Dease is a Visiting Lecturer at Northeastern University in Boston, and an Instructor at New School University's Jazz and Contemporary Media Program, in New York City. Many of his students have been accepted to the most prestigious conservatories in the world, such as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory and The University of North Texas. Several students have won performance awards from the International Trombone Association, in addition to professional success in their careers. Potential clinics with Michael Dease could include brass styles in a jazz ensemble, jazz improvisation, jazz theory, jazz arranging and composition, or per your suggestion. His experience as a freelance musician is not limited to jazz, but includes pop, rock, rap, rhythm and blues and classical styles, providing him with the knowledge to adapt to any situation. He has received excellent feedback from his professional visits to the campuses of Augusta State University, Broward College, Penn State University, Scranton University and Simpson College.

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Relentless by Dan Bilawsky

Coming Home by C. Michael Bailey

Grace by C. Michael Bailey

Grace by Larry Taylor

Clarity by Dan McClenaghan

Clarity by Edward Blanco

Dease Bones by Mark F. Turner

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