Mike Casey Trio

To expose children to live jazz, in the flesh, and to make it as fun and as exciting as possible. Mike’s first exposure to live jazz was an in-school performance – a performance alone can be very powerful!


About the Artist

Saxophonist and composer Mike Casey has been a fixture on the Hartford jazz scene and beyond since 2008, when he began attending the Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts. Upon his graduation, he went on to attend and graduate in 2015 from the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz housed at University of Harford’s Hartt School. In 2015, Casey was one of 24 young composers worldwide chosen to participate in the prestigious “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC led by Jason Moran. Casey has performed at a number of well-respected venues such as NYC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Minton’s, Ginny’s Supper Club and others. Since its inception in 2015, Casey has been apart of renowned pianist Marc Cary’s “Harlem Sessions” project; with Cary, he has performed at NYC’s Winter Jazz Fest, Lincoln Center, Summerstage, and Cape May’s Exit Zero Jazz Festival. He released his debut album ‘The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door’ in early 2017 to international airplay, critical acclaim, and sales, with coverage from the likes of NPR, Connecticut Magazine, Live for Live Music, The Hartford Courant, JAY Z’s TIDAL, and Jazz in Europe.

Here is what the media is saying:  http://www.connecticutmag.com/arts/mike-casey-trio-the-shape-of-hartford-jazz-to-come/article_4ecf33…

Here is what the schools are saying:

“My 2nd grade son had great things to say about your performance on Wednesday. He says he now wants to play the saxophone! Thank you for introducing our Roaring Brook students to your art.” — Erin Lamadrid, Roaring Brook Elementary PTO – Avon, CT

“Enjoyable from first to last note, this group certainly take the chordless saxophone trio format to a new level.” — Sammy Stein, Jazz in Europe

“Every performance engages the head, heart and feet.” — Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama (Ontario, Canada)

“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

Interactive Jazz Performance (Grades K-8)

Listen to  short examples of songs to demonstrate how jazz functions, and include a basic outline of jazz history and its cultural background. De-mystify the basics of jazz, will help the audience understand how unique jazz is, and give a brief intro to the history of jazz. Many selections will include original pieces.

Single: $850

Back to back: $1250


Mike and/or the Trio will work directly with a middle or high school’s jazz ensemble focusing on improvisation, ensemble playing, rhythm section playing, and in general bringing to the table unique ideas and concepts about jazz.

Hydraulics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SPxy7_kIe8

Dagobah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SPxy7_kIe8

Shiny Stockings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzKjLLwuags


A clinic either with a school’s jazz ensemble or with the whole music department. Depending on the musical level of the school’s musicians, this can include a broader demonstration that would include general practice tips, instrument specific technique tips, tips on preparing for music school auditions, what it’s like to be a professional musician/artist, answering questions about the business side of music, etc. If it is specifically for a jazz ensemble it can include (depending on their level) more advanced topics such as philosophies on improvisation, philosophies on jazz pedagogy, finding your concept, , finding your voice, transcribing, and composition approaches.

A clinic specifically to work with the saxophone section/saxophone students (Ages 10 and up) at a school or music camp. Saxophone history, the 5 minute secret to getting a better sound almost instantly, embouchure technique, control of airflow, ergonomics, practice tips, and a walkthrough on how to upgrade your setup/equipment.

Workshop/Clinic Fees:

Single (Full Trio): $1,250

Single (Just Mike): $575

90 Minute Workshop (Full Trio): $1925

90 Minute Workshop (Just Mike): $915

Saxophone Workshop (Essentially a private group lesson):

Single (Just Mike): $850

90 Minute Workshop (Just Mike): $1,250


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