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About Michael Grasso

Michael Grasso is a trumpet player in the Baltimore-Washington area. He is a "comeback" playing, who picked up the horn after stepping away for several years. He was born and raised in northern New Jersey and studied jazz and music composition at New Jersey City University. His private teachers at that time included Harold Lieberman, Richard Lowenthal, and Emile DeCosmo. He currently works as an emergency medicine physician for the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Michael has an intimate and lyrical sound, inspired by Chet Baker, Miles Davis, and Toots Thielemans, and which follows the west coast style of cool jazz. In addition to the trumpet, he plays piano and chromatic harmonica. He is a member of the Not 2 Cool Jazz Band, which plays a mixture of Bossa Nova, New Orleans, and Swing Music, with an emphasis on tasteful and timeless melodies from the 1920s through the 1960s. He also plays with the Retro Italiano Jazz Band, which performs a mixture of Italian folk songs, gypsy jazz, and Italian standards. In addition, he is a volunteer for Bugles Across America, through which he plays taps at funerals to honor veterans.

For the gearheads out there, here is a list of Michael's instruments.

  • Bach 1974 Stradivariuis lightweight 43 Bb Trumpet
  • Bach 1980 Stradivariuis 239 CML Trumpet
  • Bach 1965 Stradivarius 37 Bb Trumpet
  • Bach 1947 Stradivarius NY 67 Bb Cornet
  • Olds 1957 Ambassador Bb Trumpet
  • Olds 1957 Ambassador Bb Cornet
  • Olds 1969 L-12 Flugelhorn
  • Carol CPT-300LR Pocket Trumpet
  • Getzen 1974 Eterna 896 Flugelhorn
  • Getzen Eterna 940 Piccolo Trumpet
  • Getzen M2003ES Bb/G Field Trumpet
  • Besson BE1020 Cornet
  • King H.N. White 1969 Eb/F Alto Horn
  • Suzuki SCX Chromatic Harmonica
  • Yamaha Piaggero Keyboards
  • Bach 6C Trumpet, Bach 6CFL Flugelhorn, Bach 6 Cornet Mouthpieces

The following musicians have played with Michael Grasso through the Not 2 Cool Jazz Band.

  • Aimee Breslow - Vocals
  • "Magic" Ray Chu - Bass
  • Tomas Drgon - Bass
  • Darrell Dunning - Drums
  • Craig Falk - Bass
  • Neal "Bam" Feldman - Drums
  • Bill Freed - Guitar, Vocals
  • Joe Gretz - Bass
  • Matt Kramer - Guitar
  • Bruce Jacobs - Drums
  • Tom Kitchen - Guitar
  • Steve Lesche - Guitar
  • Jack Litzinger - Guitar, Vocals
  • Steven Miller - Bass
  • Jon Padden - Guitar
  • Doug Perry - Bass
  • Steve Ragsdale - Guitar
  • Brannock Reilly - Sax, Bass, Guitar
  • Tom Reyes - Piano
  • Peter Runk - Piano
  • Charlie Schueller - Piano
  • Tyler Simon - Drums
  • Tom Tavener - Drums
  • Adam Wines - Guitar
  • Glenn Wiser - Guitar
  • Steve Zurier Bass