Southeast Jazz Sultans Playing at LoDo Feb. 5 with Grammy Winner Michael Dease

Esperanza Spalding 2008

Michael Dease

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 29, 2015 – The Jazz Sultans, a Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music ensemble, will perform at LoDo on Water Street in downtown Cape Girardeau on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 7-10 p.m.

The Jazz Sultans will feature Matt Yount on the keyboard, Jay Contrino on the drums, Bob Conger on the trombone, Sam Godwin on bass, Michael Goldsmith on tenor saxophone, and special guest Michael Dease on trombone.

The event is free and open to the public, and guests under the age of 18 may attend until 10 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early in order to get a good seat.

Born in Augusta, Georgia, Dease played the saxophone and trumpet before choosing the trombone. He was a self-taught, high school senior when he moved to New York in 2001 to study at the Juilliard School where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Dease quickly established his reputation as a soloist and sideman, recording four albums as a leader and over 100 sessions as a sideman, all before the age of 30. He is a Grammy award-winning trombonist, and he has played with many of today’s foremost jazz orchestras, including those led by Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver and Rufus Reid. He teaches jazz trombone full-time at Michigan State University, which is well known for its jazz program. He has also been on faculty at Queens College City University of New York, The New School and Northeastern University.

Dease also will appear at the Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the Southeast River Campus. Tickets are available through the River Campus box office, located in the Cultural Arts Center. The box office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265 or RiverCampusEvents.com.