Michael Grasso is a physician and part-time 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. Before changing careers, he was a jazz and music composition major at the New Jersey City University. He currently works as an emergency medicine physician for the Universtiy of Maryland School of Medicine. In addition to the trumpet, he plays piano and chromatic harmonica.
Michael is a member of Not 2 Cool Jazz, a professional jazz band based in the Baltimore-Washington area. 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, and classic jazz with an emphasis on tasteful and timeless melodies from the 1920s through the 1960s. In addition, Michael is a church trumpeter and freelance music arranger. He is also a volunteer for Bugles Across America, through which he plays taps at funerals to honor veterans.