About the mike casey trio:

The Mike Casey Trio is a unique jazz group not only in their musical approach, but in instrumentation as well. The band features Mike Casey on saxophones, Matt Dwonszyk on acoustic bass, and Corey Garcia on drums - three of the brightest rising stars in jazz. The absence of guitar or piano, which is typically found in a jazz group, gives the band a very distinctive sound. A typical set features original music with some jazz classics/standards thrown into the mix (re-arranged in their own signature style, of course). The unique combination of the musicians, the instrumentation, the songs, and artistic vision give the group a vibe that is at once earthy and accessible, yet mature, refined, exciting, and upbeat – equally enjoyed by music lovers or a seasoned jazz aficionado. The Mike Casey Trio 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.

Casey and bandmates, drummer Corey Garcia and bassist Matt Dwonszyk, pursue the razor’s edge of speaking from the heart.
— Rex Thomson, LiveForLiveMusic.com
Enjoyable from first to last note, this group certainly takes the chordless saxophone trio format to a new level.
— Sammy Stein, Jazz in Europe
Using a Janus-like vision simultaneously encompassing both the past and the future, Mike filters his ideas through his own musical and life experiences, honing his own voice to create his uniquely original brand of glorious saxophone madness and gladness, well-honed, accessible, and joyful.
— -Owen McNally, WNPR
Although I’ve only heard it in fledgling form, his new album The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door is astounding in many parts. It’s an album worth waiting for, and our review will follow next year. For now, Mike is playing, developing and continuing to amaze new people. He has something pretty special, and it only takes one listen to hear it. Mike Casey is one to watch, for sure.
— Something Else Reviews

MORE ABOUT MIKE:

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.

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NOTABLE PAST SHOWS INCLUDE:

3/16 - Mike casey trio packs luca's jazz corner in nyc, closing out 16 city initial album release tour for 'the sound of surprise'

3/3 - mike casey trio at sandywoods center for the arts, tiverton ri

3/2 - mike casey trio sells out black eyed sally's for hartford, ct album release show

2/24 - mike casey trio @ steel city - phoenixville pa

2/7/17 - mike casey special guest at northampton jazz workshop

2/3/17 - mike casey trio album release celebration sells out the side door jazz club - old lyme ct

1/21/17 - mike casey trio nyc album release show at the cell theatre -nearly sold out! kicking off 16 city northeast initial album release tour

12/1/16 - Mike casey trio @ celebrity chef marcus samuelsson's iconic Ginny's supper club (inside red rooster) - nyc - nearly sold out!

9/3/16 - MIKE CASEY TRIO @ LEGENDARY MINTON'S HARLEM (NYC) - SOLD OUT BOTH SETS!

7/31/16 - W/ MARC CARY'S "HARLEM SESSIONS" PROJECT @ SUMMERSTAGE -NYC

7/25/16 - MIKE CASEY TRIO + SPECIAL GUEST PIANIST ZACCAI CURTIS @ MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK (OPENING FOR E.J. STRICKLAND QUINTET) - HARTFORD CT

7/17/16 - MIKE CASEY/JEN ALLEN DUO HEADLINE HYGIENIC ART JAZZ FEST - NEW LONDON CT

7/14/16- W/ CRAIG HARRIS @ GINNY'S SUPPER CLUB - NYC

7/7/16 - MIKE CASEY TRIO @ MATTATUCK MUSEUM - WATERBURY CT

5/27/16 - MIKE CASEY TRIO + SPECIAL GUEST PIANIST "ORANGE" JULIUS RODRIGUEZ @ 9TH NOTE JAZZ CLUB - STAMFORD CT

2/26/16 - MIKE CASEY trio RECORDS LIVE ALBUM @ SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB - OLD LYME CT (NEARLY SOLD OUT)

1/14/16 - W/ MARC CARY'S "HARLEM SESSIONS" PROJECT @ NYC WINTER JAZZFEST

1/11/16 - W/ PAUL FULLER & SPECIAL GUEST PIANIST BENITO GONZALEZ @ CPTV STUDIOS -NEW HAVEN CT

1/10/16 - MIKE CASEY TRIO + SPECIAL GUEST PIANIST MATT DECHAMPLAIN @ 9TH NOTE JAZZ CLUB - STAMFORD CT

11/7/15 - W/ MARC CARY'S "HARLEM SESSIONS" PROJECT @ EXIT ZERO JAZZ FEST - CAPE MAY NJ

10/16/15 - MIKE CASEY TRIO @ YALE - NEW HAVEN CT

9/24/15 - W/ NAT REEVES @ SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB - OLD LYME CT

9/2015 - MIKE CASEY TRIO @ ENVISIONFEST HARTFORD - HARTFORD CT

8/7/15 - W/ BRANDEE YOUNGER & DEZRON DOUGLAS @ NORTH END MARKET CONCERT SERIES - HARTFORD CT

4/21/15 - W/ JACKIE MCLEAN INSTITUTE ALL STAR ENSEMBLE @ DIZZY'S CLUB COCA COLA, JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER - NYC

4/1/15-4/4/15 - W/ BETTY CARTER JAZZ AHEAD @ KENNEDY CENTER MILLENIUM STAGE - WASHINGTON D.C.

4/2014 - W/ JACKIE MCLEAN INSTITUTE BIG BAND FEAT. SPECIAL GUEST CHARLES TOLLIVER - HARTFORD CT

9/2014 - MIKE CASEY TRIO @ ENVISIONFEST HARTFORD - HARTFORD CT

4/2013 - W/ STEVE DAVIS & NAT REEVES @ BACKSTAGE CAFE JAZZ SERIES - HARTFORD CT

7/2012 - MIKE CASEY QUINTET @ HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY'S MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK - HARTFORD CT

SUMMER 2011 - MIKE CASEY SEXTET FEATURED AT BOSTON GREENFEST & HARD ROCK CAFE - BOSTON MA


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