|Occupations||bandleader, trombonist, composer, saxophone, producer, educator|
|Instruments||trombone, bass trombone, saxophones, trumpet, flugelhorn, bass and piano|
|Associated acts||Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Claudio Roditi, Sharel Cassity, MSU Professors of Jazz|
Michael Dease was born in Augusta, Georgia and attended John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School, where he studied saxophone and voice. During his time as a high school student he achieved all-state honors on the latter instrument for three years in a row.
At age 17, Michael taught himself to play trombone, and was soon invited to join the inaugural class of the Juilliard jazz studies program by Wycliffe Gordon.v Dease would go on to earn both his bachelor's and master's degrees while at the school. His teachers included Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Turre, Vincent Gardner, John Drew and Joseph Alessi. While at Juilliard, Dease won many awards, including the Frank Rosolino Award, J.J. Johnson Award, the Sammy Nestico Jazz Composers Award, ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, and the Fish Middleton Jazz Competition.
He began his career in Illinois Jacquet's Big Band in 2002, and is currently a featured member of the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Christian McBride Big Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Nicholas Payton Big Band, Jimmy Heath Big band and the Charles Tolliver Big Band. Dease also performs with small groups led by Claudio Roditi, Sharel Cassity, and Wycliffe Gordon. In addition to performance, Dease serves and president and producer at his jazz record label, D Clef Records.
Dease has toured extensively throughout Europe, Latin America and South America. Previous engagements include the Nice Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Tims Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and the Spoleto Music Festival. He was a guest artist at the International Trombone Festival June 22–25, 2011 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dease had conducted master classes and workshops at universities and conservatories around the world, including the University of Costa Rica, Osaka University, Michigan State University, Augusta State University, Broward College, Simpson College, Scranton University, and Northeastern University.
Currently Dease holds the position of Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone at Michigan State University. He has also held similar positions at Queens College, CUNY, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. Dease performs exclusively on Michael Rath trombones. His personal instrument is a brass/nickel silver Rath R4.
- The Takeover (Self-released, 2005)
- Dease Bones (D-Clef Records, 2007)
- Clarity (BluesBack Records, 2008)
- Grace (Jazz Legacy Productions, 2010)
- Coming Home (D-Clef Records, 2013)
- Relentless (Posi-Tone Records, 2014)
- Decisions (Posi-Tone Records, 2015)
with Christian McBride
- The Good Feeling (Mack Avenue Records, 2011)
with Matthew Garrison
- Familiar Places (D-Clef Records, 2010)
with Claudio Roditi
- Simpatico (Resonance Records, 2010)
with Sharel Cassity
- Relentless (Jazz Legacy Productions, 2009)
- I’m Beboppin’ Too (Half Note Records, 2009)
with Charles Tolliver
- Emperor March (Half Note Records, 2009)
with Alicia Keys
- As I Am (JR Records, 2007)
with Illinois Jacquet
- Swingin' Live With Illinois Jacquet (Jacquet Records, 2006)
- Michael Dease's Website: http://www.michaeldease.com
- Michael Rath Artist Page: http://www.rathtrombones.com/artists/mikedease.htm
- Michael Dease Interview by breakthruradio.com