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Mike Casey

March 25, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Mike Casey is a melody poet. The story-telling songwriter, producer, and sonic alchemist is a multi-talented force whose soul stirring saxophone sound and inventive use of phrasing reaches out with love and embraces your musical desires, one note at a time.

Bringing the joy of jazz across genre lines to a diverse young audience around the world, Mike’s music passed 15 million streams since his recording career began in 2017 (against all odds, without a record label or a team – an anomaly in the genre). On a mission to be a passionate vessel for “jazz” in the 21st century, his searing sound, always aiming to connect emotionally and tell a story, demands the attention of the listener. This is not your parent’s elevator music.

“I’m not interested in sizzle over substance,” he says. “Improvising, or as like to think of it, spontaneous composing, is not about displaying skill for ego’s sake. I aim to deliver each musical statement with power, honesty, and passion to connect with audiences.”

A unique group not only in their approach but in instrumentation, Mike Casey Trio is an experience to behold. The absence of guitar/piano allows the band a rare sound: earthy, yet mysterious – incorporating ingredients of funk, R&B, hip hop & music from around the world into their own definition of jazz fusion. This trio demands the audiences’ attention – whether bringing down the house with story based originals or captivating listeners with genre-bending re-imaginations of songs by Soundgarden, Queen, Daniel Caesar, H.E.R. & even Jay-Z. In 2020, the band was 1 of 5 international finalists in the largest ensemble based competition in jazz – the DC Jazz Festival’s “DC Jazz Prix”.

With over 20 million streams since 2017, Mike has had overwhelming support from The Huffington Post, BBC, NPR Morning Edition, NPR Jazz Night in America, Forbes, Music Ally, Downbeat, Jazziz, JazzTimes, as the cover of Spotify’s “State of Jazz” & in Spotify’s “Best Jazz of 2020 + 2021” lists, Worldwide FM, NTS, Dublab, Jazz FM, Jazz in Europe, Radio Primavera Sound, Sirius XM, on jazz icon Sonny Rollins’s social media (the pioneer of the sax/bass/drums format), & much more.

Notable past shows include the Kennedy Center, World Cafe Live downstairs opening for Makaya McCraven, BRIC Jazz Fest, MondoNYC, Yale, Side Door Jazz Club, Philadelphia Museum of Art, APAP, and some of Europe’s top jazz venues: Jamboree, Le Jam, Auditori Nacional, Ool Ya Kool, and Jimmy Glass.

Details

Date:
March 25, 2023
Time:
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Organizer

The Grape

Venue

The Grape
2733 E Main St
Ventura, CA 93003 United States
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