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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.

In June 2008, Michael joined the Dizzy Gillespie™All-Star Big Band. He has also performed with Natalie Cole, Jamie Cullum, Wycliffe Gordon, Jason Hainsworth Jazz Orchestra, Slide Hampton’s World of Trombones, Herbie Hancock, Billy Harper, John Lee, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Luis Miguel, James Moody, Nicholas Payton, Claudio Roditi, Paul Simon, and Mark Whitfield.

Born August 25th, 1982 in Augusta, Georgia, Michael initially played alto and tenor saxophones. The switch to trombone came abruptly during his senior year in high school. It was such a natural transition that Michael won four all- state competitions before graduating . In the fall of 2001, after moving to New York, Dease began studying with fellow Augusta, Georgia native Wycliffe Gordon during the inaugural year of The Juilliard School’s jazz program. Michael spent five years at Juilliard earning Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in jazz performance.

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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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Trombone

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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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Album Realization by Sencalar/Glassman Quintet

Realization

D-Clef Records
2020

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Album The Movement Revisited

The Movement Revisited

Mack Avenue Records
2020

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Album Never More Here by Michael Dease

Never More Here

Posi-Tone Records
2019

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Album Reaching Out by Michael Dease

Reaching Out

Posi-Tone Records
2018

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Album Bonafide by Michael Dease

Bonafide

Posi-Tone Records
2018

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Album Father Figure by Michael Dease

Father Figure

Posi-Tone Records
2016

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