Southeast Jazz Series Presents Gala Festival Concert with Jazz Trombonist Michael Dease


Michael Dease

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 26, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present its second concert of the 2015 Jazz Series featuring Michael Dease, jazz trombonist on the faculty of Michigan State University.

The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast’s River Campus. The concert will feature music for jazz big band, which traditionally includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section.

Michael Dease, trombone

Born in Augusta, Georgia, Michael 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 his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree. Dease quickly established his reputation as a soloist and sideman, recording four albums as a leader and logging more than 100 sessions as a sideman before the age of 30. He is a Grammy award-winning trombonist and 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, well-known for its jazz program, and has also been on the faculty at Queens College The City University of New York in Queens, New York, The New School in New York City and Northeastern University in Boston.

Studio Jazz Ensemble

Led by Robert Conger of Southeast’s Department of Music, the Studio Jazz Ensemble will take the stage performing selections, including the classic Buddy Rich tune “Basically Blues” and “Queen Bee” from the Count Basie library. Dease will join the band with the ballad “I’m Glad There is You” and an arrangement of the Eric Alexander tune “Little Lucas.” Students will be featured in this set, including Steven Watkins on tenor sax, Matt Flanagan and Wes Sharp on trombone, Cat Sharp on trumpet and Dustin Haigler on piano.

Jazz Lab Band

Also performing at the concert will be Southeast’s Jazz Lab Band under the direction of Conger. Among their program will be J.J. Johnson’s “Lament” and the classic drum feature “Cute.” Dease will join them on the jazz standard, including “The More I See You,” among other charts. This band is comprised of both music and non-music majors and will play a variety of jazz compositions.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265, or online at