Bossa Nova * New Orleans * Swing * Italian Gypsy Jazz * Classic Jazz

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The Not 2 Cool Jazz Band is a professional music group in the Baltimore-Washington area, led by trumpet player Michael Grasso. They play memorable music and classic jazz, with an emphasis on New Orleans, swing, bossa nova, and gypsy jazz. Focusing on music from a bygone era, they perform timeless melodies from the 1920s through the 1960s. Through the Retro Italiano Jazz Band, they also play Italian folk songs, gypsy jazz, and memorable Italian standards.

Liven up your next party or banquet with memorable music. The members are seasoned entertainers, who provide that special atmosphere that only live music can bring. They are available for anniversaries, private parties, concerts, weddings, corporate functions, and fundraisers. The band is affordable, flexible, and can play in different configurations tailored to the needs of your event. They can play inside or outside, amplified or acoustic. They can do everything from roving street entertainment to late night party music, playing for the biggest events and the most intimate gatherings.

Band Configurations

  • Not 2 Cool Jazz Band (Trumpet, Guitar or Piano, Bass, optional Drums) - The band specializes in New Orleans, Swing, and Bosa Nova Music from the 1920s through the 1960s. Their core trio adds energy and spirit to any event, without being overbearing. For larger venues, they can expand to a quartet by adding a drummer.

  • Retro Italiano Jazz Band (Trumpet/Harmonica, Guitar, Bass) - This band plays Italian folk songs, gypsy jazz, Italian standards, and classic jazz with a modern flare. The band is perfect for Italian Theme events, jazz cocktail hours, weddings, night clubs, and holiday parties. Listen to romantic music from Venice and Rome with songs like That's Amore, Volare, and O Sole Mio.

  • Not 2 Cool Vocal Band (Vocalist, Trumpet, Piano, Bass) - Our vocal band features a female singer. There's nothing like a live vocalist to add special meaning to those jazz standards and Broadway show tunes we all know and love.

  • Not 2 Cool Unplugged (Piano, Bass) - This duo is the perfect setup for smaller intimate settings. They do not require access to electical power. The group is flexible and mobile, allowing them to entertain your guests as they go from table to table.

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