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Award-winning trombonist plays free concert Tuesday

Michael Dease Michael Dease

The Mike Dease Trio, featuring a two-time Grammy award-winning lead, section and bass trombonist, will perform a free concert at First United Methodist Church at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, as part of Brevard Music Center's free Community Concert Series.

Dease was born in the countryside of Augusta, Georgia, and 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, and began recording as a leader. Dease's  release Decisions (2015 Posi-Tone) showcases his new compositions and a stellar quintet of musicians. Dease  released six previous albums as a leader: The Takeover (2005), Clarity (2007), Dease Bones (2008), Grace (2010), Coming Home (2013 D Clef Records) and Relentless, his debut on the Posi-Tone record label. He is also director of the Jazz Institute at Brevard Music Center.

He has played with Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver, Rufus Reid and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and at Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra,.