Mike Cottone


Rochester-born trumpeter and composer Mike Cottone developed a love for music at a very young age. After being given a trumpet at the age of 10, it was clear where his love for music would be channeled. In high school, he began to explore the world of jazz thanks to his band director, Mr. Daniel McMurray. Mike was exposed to recordings of trumpet greats such as Louis Armstrong, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, and Roy Hargrove. Thanks to McMurray's guidance and inspiration, he began to develop his own soulful sound and passion for jazz.

 Mike has since received degrees from The Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School in jazz trumpet and music education. Mike has performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Broadway production of "HAIR," Dizzy's Club Coca Cola with his own band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha with the Ulysses Owens Group, Smalls Jazz Club with Lawrence Leathers, the Blue Note's Emerging Artist Series, Paul Anka, Philip Bailey, Everette Harp, and Rick Braun. Mike has also led tours for Juilliard Jazz to Colombia, South America, performed as a guest artist onboard the Queen Mary 2, and was recently a Juilliard Jazz faculty member for the Snow College Summer Jazz Camp.

 Now a full time resident of California, Mike is actively performing and teaching throughout the Los Angeles area. Mike has appeared with Tony Royster Jr., Carl Allen, Bob Sheppard, John Beasley, Ralph Moore, Henry Franklin Sr., and recorded with Ziggy Marley. Mike is currently studying and performing with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz under the direction of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. 


Photo by Frank Stewart

Live Shows

Los Angeles Shows

December 14th - Daniel Szabo Quintet at Sam First Bar

December 15th - Casey Abrams Band Rancho Santa Fe

December 17th - The Mint LA w/ Kevin Kanner

December 18th - Torrance w/ Lou Giovannetti Big Band

December 21st - Sassafras w/ The Gumbo Brothers

December 23rd - Ebi at Paris Las Vegas

December 31st - Mudbug Brass Band at Vibrato’s Bar and Grill

January 4th - Kevin Kanner at Sam First

January 10th - Down To The Bone at Spaghettini Restaurant Orange County

January 12th - Mike Cottone quartet at the Peterson Auto Museum

January 25th - Mike Cottone quartet feat. Eric Reed. Montery Park

March 13th - Kevin Kanner Quintet in Fullerton

March 16th - RED CAT with the Mudbug Brass Band

March 17th- Mike Cottone Quartet at Sam First-https://www.samfirstbar.com/events/mike-cottone-quartet-2

March 20th - Marlon Martinez Big Band at Vitello’s

March 31st - Mudbug Brass Band

April 1st - Super Soul Monday at Dirty Laundry

April 4th - Nutty at Vibrato Bar and Grill

April 5th - Dave Damiani Big Band at Catalina’s

April 8th - Kevin Kanner Quintet at The Mint

April 12th - Jane Monheit at Catalina’s

April 13th - Jane Monheit at Catalina’s

April 17th - The Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra with Doc Severinsen in Rochester, NY.

April 21st - Kevin Kanner Quintet at The Lighthouse

April 26th - Alex Sill Enselble at Gold Digger

April 30th - Keiko Matsui in Phoenix AZ


May 26th - Antwerp, BE

May 28th - Cologne, DE

May 30th - Munich, DE

June 1st - Amsterdam, NL

June 3rd - Amsterdam, NL

June 5th - Zurich, CH

June 8th - Stockholm, SE

June 10th - Copenhagen, DK

Los Angeles, CA

June 15th - Dear Amy - Spaghettini, Seal Beach

June 17th - Tom Jones Tribute - The Rockwell


June 23 - Wembley Stadium, London, UK

June 26 - Manchester, UK

June 28th - Birmingham, UK

June 30th - Liverpool, UK

July 2nd - Leeds, UK

July 4th - Glasgow, UK

July 6th - Dublin, IE

July 8th - Dublin, IE

Los Angeles, CA

July 24th - Sara Reich Tap Music Project

December 4th - Sam First Residency

December 5th - Sam First Residency

December 6th - Sam First Residency

December 7th - Sam First Residency