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. 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.

After a sold out NYC debut at the legendary Minton’s in September 2016, Mike began planning the tour and campaign for the trio's debut album: "The Sound of Surprise” which 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 14 city album release tour that hit (and sold out) 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), nationally (Live For Live Music) & internationally in notable blogs/magazines Jazz in Europe, Argonauta (Italy), Jazz da Gama (Canada) and more.

Not one to rest on his laurels, the album campaign currently pushes forward with a 12 city spring/summer 2017 tour and notable press from Live For Live Music (Premiere), NPR, and WBGO celebrating the Star Wars Day music video release of his Star Wars inspired composition, 'Dagobah'.

Every performance engages the head, heart and feet.
— Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama (Ontario, Canada)
Enjoyable from first to last note, this group certainly takes the chordless saxophone trio format to a new level.
— Sammy Stein, Jazz in Europe
Casey and bandmates, drummer Corey Garcia and bassist Matt Dwonszyk, pursue the razor’s edge of speaking from the heart.
— Rex Thomson, Live For Live Music

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, Duane Eubanks 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 14 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), Jazz da Gama (Canada) and more.

Not one to rest on his laurels, the album campaign currently pushes forward with a 12 city spring/summer 2017 tour and notable press from Live For Live Music (Premiere), NPR, and WBGO celebrating the Star Wars Day music video release of his Star Wars inspired composition, 'Dagobah'.

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:

5/4 - performs at lincoln center (nyc) with marc cary, Duane eubanks, tarus mateen, and the harlem sessions all-stars

4/2 - MIKE CASEY TRIO SELLS OUT RICHTER ARTS IN DANBURY

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'

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

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

2/3/17 - mike casey trio sells out album release celebration at 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 14 city winter 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 2 LIVE ALBUMs @ 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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