Cottone’s Just Remember Tearing up the Jazz Charts


ASTORIA, NY – Summer might be over, but Mike’s debut album’s still blowin’ up the Big Apple and beyond.

My personal favorite’s the title track, Just Remember. If you haven’t tuned in or picked his album up, you kind of should. Save the Miley and Ke$ha slop for the tabloids and spread some real je ne sais quoi this holiday season.

And if you’re in the area, stop by Bar Basque Restaurant or Black Duck and marinate over martinis, Manhattans and the finest company on the jazz scene — Mike’s a regular on the weekends.

Mike Cottone trumpet jazz New York City BlueNote Bar Basque


Tune in, pass it on and hit me up if you have any questions — or better yet, tell me what you think of the album in the comment section…always great to connect with other artists and musicians.

As the King said, with the Love…


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Cottone Album Release Party Approaching Sell-Out

I’m thrilled to share with you that Mike’s opening act for McCoy Tyner and album debut of Just Remember scheduled for 6:30pm Wednesday, August 3rd at the BlueNote

is (drum roll please) …

almost SOLD-OUT


BlueNote Performance Schedule

From Juilliard to BlueNote: Mike Cottone to Debut Album August 3rd

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From Juilliard to Blue Note: Mike Cottone to Debut Album August 3rd


MANHATTAN – Okay, I’m just gonna say it: My best friend’s a rockstar.

And yes, his meteoric rise through the jazz echelon of New York’s enough to Dizzy even Gillespie.

Long before our high-school years in Rochester, New York and the Eastman School of Music preparatory department (now the Community Music School), Mike was shredding, jamming and rollin’ to the likes of Clifford Brown, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan and Roy Hargrove.

A major source of inspiration for Mike has been Daniel McMurray, a former band director at Rush-Henrietta. Mike continues to honor McMurray’s legacy, and returns to the Rochester International Jazz Festival  annually as a resident featured artist and clinician.

Under the tutelage of Clay Jenkins of the Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra and Douglas Prosser, Principal Trumpeter of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mike was a member of the Eastman New Jazz and Downbeat ensembles.

Mike has shared the stage with household names such as  Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, John Hollenbeck, Peter Erskine, Rufus Reid and Marian McPartland.

In addition to a double major in jazz performance and music education, Mike also performed with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the Commission Project and Grand Hotel Orchestra on Mackinac Island, Michigan during his time at Eastman.

While pursuing his master’s at the Juilliard School, Mike worked with jazz greats Chris Jaudes and Dr. Eddie Henderson.

Other masterclasses included Benny Golson, Terence Blanchard, Ron Blake, Ted Nash, Carl Allen, Ben Wolfe, Ray Drummond and Joe Wilder.

Mike’s pedigree continued through his role in leading the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble on trips to Columbia, South America, Salt Lake City, Utah and performing on the Queen Mary 2 as a guest artist.

Currently residing in New York City, Mike performs weekly at the Bar Basque and Black Duck Restaurants in Chelsea. He has also performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at Rose Hall and in other venues and shows,

including:  Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Four Seasons Restaurant, the Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, the TONYS and the Broadway production of “HAIR.”

In early August, Mike will return to the Blue Note Jazz Club as a bandleader, where he will feature music from his debut album, Just Remember as the opening quintet for the legendary McCoy Tyner. 

The official release date is set for August 9th.

Michael Cottone debut album Blue Note Kris Bowers New York City Juilliard Eastman School of Music Rochester


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