Recognizable Standards * Romantic Ballads * Bossa Novas * Classic Jazz

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The Not 2 Cool Jazz Trio is a professional jazz band based in the Baltimore-Washington area, led by trumpet and harmonica player Michael Grasso. They play a mixture of standards and classic jazz in the spirit of Chet Baker, Miles Davis, and Toots Thielemans. Focusing on music from a bygone era, they have an intimate and lyrical sound that follows the west coast style of cool jazz. Their large repertoire of songs includes recognizable standards, romantic ballads, and classic jazz with an emphasis on tasteful and timeless melodies. Liven up your next party or banquet with memorable music from the 1920s through the 1960s.

The band is very flexible, and can play in different configurations tailored to the needs of your event. They play for weddings, parties, concerts, corporate functions and promotions. They can play inside or outside, amplified or acoustic. They can do everything from roving street entertainment to late night party music, playing for the biggest events and the most intimate gatherings.

Band Configurations

  • Not 2 Cool Jazz Trio - This trio adds energy and spirit to any event, without being overbearing. The core group consists of trumpet, guitar or piano, and bass. This instrumentation provides a flexible format, with the band members doubling on hand-held percussion and chromatic jazz harmonica.

  • Not 2 Cool Jazz Unplugged - This is the perfect setup for smaller intimate settings, and uses no amps or electricity. They can perform as a duo (trumpet with piano or guitar) or trio (trumpet, guitar, and upright bass). The group is fully mobile, allowing them to entertain your guests as the go from table to table. They can also perform as a roving street band for open-air markets and fairs.

  • Not 2 Cool Mini Big Band - For larger venues, their trio can be expanded to a full seven-piece jazz band consisting of trumpet, two saxophones, trombone, piano, bass, and drums. The band specializes in jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, with musical arrangements penned by Michael Grasso.

  • Not 2 Cool Brass Band - This is a small show band that plays marches and partriotic songs at parades and community events. The brass band includes 4 to 6 members, with the full band consisting of trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, tuba, and drums.

  • Solo Church Trumpet - A solo trumpet player, available for church services and funerals.

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