A lifetime passion for the saxophone began when Mike took to the saxophone like a fish to water in the 5th grade. Eager to expand his musical horizons, he attended the Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts in high school, where he studied in the jazz program.
He's been a fixture on the jazz scene since he began attending the renowned Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford) in 2011, where he studied with renowned jazz artists such as saxophonists Abraham Burton, Rene McLean, & Javon Jackson, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves. Shortly before graduating in 2015, Casey was one of 24 selected worldwide to participate in the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, where he studied with an all-star faculty including Eric Harland, JD Allen, Eric Revis, Cyrus Chestnut, and Jason Moran.
His resume includes Charles Tolliver, DJ Logic, Nat Reeves, Benito Gonzalez, Brandee Younger, Zaccai Curtis, Tarus Mateen and Marc Cary, whose project “The Harlem Sessions” features Casey as an original member. After a sold out NYC debut at the legendary Minton’s in September 2016, Casey went on to accomplish an incredible feat: his PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign for “The Sound of Surprise” reached 124% funded and was covered by leading music industry blogs such as Hypebot & CDBaby. "The Sound of Surprise” was recorded in early 2016 at the Side Door in Old Lyme, Connecticut, which Downbeat Magazine calls 'one of the best jazz clubs worldwide'.
Released February 7th, 2017, the album has already garnered international airplay, press, and sales in 10+ countries, alongside an initial 16 city album release tour that hit some of the top jazz venues in the Northeast. In conjunction with the album release, Mike was afforded the opportunity to curate an exclusive playlist for JAY Z's TIDAL music service highlighting his peers in modern jazz (30 under 30) and featured in TIDAL RISING editorial. The album & story was also featured heavily throughout CT (Connecticut Magazine & Hartford Courant covered his sold out Hartford album release show, while the New Haven Register/The Day covered his sold out album release show at The Side Door), as well as Live For Live Music & internationally in notable blogs/magazines Jazz in Europe, Argonauta (Italy), and more.
Mike has enchanted audiences young & old alike, performing a unique blend of upbeat, accessible, original music and exciting arrangements of jazz standards with a mature lyricism and a sound that commands the attention of the audience. He is also an experienced teaching artist and enjoys working with youth of all ages and skill levels.