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, all trained at the Jackie McLean Institute at Hartt. The absence of guitar or piano, which is typically found in a jazz group, gives the band a very distinctive sound. Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the CT jazz scene and beyond since 2011, when he began attending the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Harford’s Hartt School. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz composers worldwide chosen by Jason Moran 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. After two packed NYC debuts at the legendary Minton’s Harlem & chef Marcus Samuelsson's iconic Ginny's Supper Club in 2016, Mike went on to accomplish an incredible feat: the crowdfunding campaign for his debut album "The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door" (recorded at their Side Door debut last year and due for a February 2017 release) reached 111% funded in under 30 days. His resume includes appearances with heavy hitters such as Charles Tolliver, DJ Logic, Brandee Younger, Zaccai Curtis, Tarus Mateen and Marc Cary, whose project “The Harlem Sessions” features Mike as an original member.