Harlem Jazz Saturdays presents a performance by saxophonist Mike Casey.
Set times: 9:30pm.
No music charge. Two-item minimum per person at tables. Reserve a table.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
The Mike Casey Trio is a unique jazz group not only in their musical approach and style, but in instrumentation as well. The band features saxophone, acoustic bass, and drums. 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. 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.
Mike has performed at prestigious venues such as Dizzy’s Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC), The Kennedy Center (DC), , Minton’s, Gin Fizz, & Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), Exit Zero Jazz Festival (NJ), & NYC Winter Jazz Fest, & consistently performs in the top jazz venues Connecticut has to offer. He has garnered press in The Hartford Courant, AllAboutJazz.com, The New Haven Register, WNPR, and others. Nominated for “Best Jazz” in the CT Music Awards, Mike has played to audiences of all ages and backgrounds across New England. In early 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz musicians/composers worldwide selected to participate in the prestigious Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Mike has shared the stage with notable jazz artists such as Marc Cary, JD Allen, Charles Tolliver, Duane Eubanks, Rashaan Carter, Tarus Mateen, Ugonna Okegwo, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Rene McLean, Brandee Younger, & Dezron Douglas.