Recognizable Standards * Romantic Ballads * Bossa Novas * Dixieland * 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, bossa novas, dixieland, 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. The members are seasoned entertainers, who provide that special atmosphere that only live music can bring.

  • Not 2 Cool Jazz Vocal Trio - Our vocal trio includes a female vocalist with a piano and bass. There's nothing like a live vocalist to add special meaning to those jazz standards and Broadway show tunes we all know and love.

  • 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 (either piano and acoustic bass, or piano and trumpet) or as a trio (trumpet, guitar, and acoustic bass). The group is fully mobile, allowing them to entertain your guests as they go from table to table, or as a roving street band at open-air events.

  • Not 2 Cool Mini Big Band - For larger venues, we can perform as a full-sized band, consisting of a trumpet, saxophone, guitar, bass, drums, and female vocalist. The band specializes in jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.

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

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