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. Michael has an intimate and lyrical sound, inspired by Chet Baker and Toots Thielemans, and which follows the west coast style of cool jazz. In addition to the trumpet, he plays piano and chromatic harmonica.
Michael is a member of Not 2 Cool Jazz, which plays a mixture of recognizable standards, romantic ballads, and classic jazz. The band is available to play quiet background music at restaurants, coffee houses, and receptions, as well as a more upbeat sound for special events and jam sessions in the Baltimore-Washington area. In addition, he is a wedding trumpeter and freelance music arranger. He is also a volunteer for Bugles Across America, through which he plays taps at funerals to honor veterans.