Born in the countryside of Augusta, GA, Michael Dease 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. He quickly established a reputation as a brilliant soloist and sideman, recording 4 albums as a leader and over 100 sessions as a sideman, all before the age of 30. Dease is a sought-after and two-time Grammy award winning lead, section and bass trombonist with today’s leading jazz orchestras, including those led by Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver, Rufus Reid, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. His associations include Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, and more. To learn more about Michael Dease, visit