MICHAEL DEASE PERFORMS THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 AT MAKEDA
NBJP: What living musician has influenced you most?
MD: The legendary saxophonist/composer Jimmy Heath continues to inspire me as a musician and a human being.
NBJP: What would you want to be if you weren’t a jazz musician?
MD: That’s tough. I’ve always thought highly of investigators, so maybe a Detective or Journalist.
NBJP: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
MD: I’d like to me more patient and disciplined, especially with practice time.
NBJP: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? (G-rated please!)
MD: Anything scary or supernatural- like a book, movie, haunted house. etc.
NBJP: Are you a “pet person”? Dogs? Cats? Other? Not me?
MD: I love most dogs, especially pugs. Pugs are great in pairs, too.
NBJP: Who’s your favorite non-jazz composer?
MD: Here’s 4: Michael Jackson, Hank Williams, Marvin Gaye and Franz Liszt
NBJP: Is there an instrument other than the trombone that you would also like to play?
MD: Due to my unchecked curiosity, I play most of them already. Perhaps the drums next!
PLUS ONE: When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
MD: I enjoyed reading music as a young kid, but it really “floored” me when I discovered that improvisation was the basis of jazz music. I was probably 15 or so when I became hooked on music.