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About Mike Casey

Saxophonist Mike Casey is an adept jazz improvisor with a knotty, harmonically rich approach to acoustic post-bop. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Casey first began playing saxophone in the fifth grade. By his teens, he was a gifted performer and improvisor, skills he honed while attending the Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts. After high school, he earned his music degree from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford's Hartt School. While there, he gained valuable instruction from such luminaries as saxophonists Abraham Burton and Rene McLean, trombonist Steve Davis, and others. Also during this period, he was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. As a sideman, Casey has worked with a bevy of names, including Charles Tolliver, Nat Reeves, Benito Gonzalez, Tarus Mateen, Marc Cary, and others. In 2017 he released his debut album, The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door. ~ Matt Collar

Hartford, CT

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