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Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the Hartford 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 a sold out NYC debut at the Minton’s in Harlem in September 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" (due for a February 2017 release) reached 111% funded in under 30 days

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Spike Wilner, Count Basie, Clark Terry and more

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The world of jazz is in survival mode. The shift from live shows to livestream is now how the art form is coping. This week we open with club owner Spike Wilner and a cut off a new Live at Smalls CD. The rest of the episode focuses on artists with new material and how they ...

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Wayne Escoffery, Art Blakey, Gunhild Carling and More

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As this COVID-19 pandemic has silenced the world of live music, jazz musicians continue releasing more and more great albums. This week we focus on some of them, Wayne Escoffery, Warren Wolf, Gunhild Carling and Ran Blake. Enjoy the music. Playlist Wayne Escoffery “Benedictus" The Humble Warrior (Smoke Sessions Records) 00:00 Host talks 5:23 ...

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Hermon Mehari, Mose Allison, Jason Palmer and More

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Neon Jazz has spent the last three months interviewing jazz musicians from around the globe on how they are dealing with this global pandemic. This week we open with a trumpeter that has deep Kansas City roots and now resides in Paris. Hermon Mehari released his new album A Change for the Dreamlike and we profile ...

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Harold O'Neal, Dexter Gordon, Joe Pass and More

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The 639th episode of Neon Jazz begins with pianist Harold O'Neal. He has deep Kansas City roots and shows off his further evolution with his new CD Once Upon a Time. We profile the new Kansas City group Purna Loka Ensemble with Bassist Jeff Harshbarger. Finally, we play new music from New York City saxophonist Mike ...

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Sara Gazarek, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock and More

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This week we kick off with the modern day jazz singer who is making waves Sara Gazarek. From there, we dig some new sound from NYC cat Mike Casey as we delve into the modern jazz sounds, we profile the veteran Ray Obiedo and look into new music from the great Kevin Sun. We also explore ...

The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door

Label: Self-released
Released: 2017

Take Five with Mike Casey

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About Mike Casey Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the jny: Hartford jazz scene and beyond since 2011, when he began attending the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford's Hartt School. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz composers worldwide chosen ...

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Label: Self-released
Released: 2017
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Mike Casey: The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door

Read "The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Making his recording debut with much anticipation, saxophonist Mike Casey delivers an inspiring performance on The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door featuring four re-imagined standards from the likes of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Kurt Weill and Jackie Mclean as well as three originals from the band. A graduate of the University of Hartford, ...


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