All, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
jazz, classical, funk, r&b, blues
B.Mus in Jazz Studies (Saxophone) from The Hartt School of Music
Alto / Tenor Saxophone
Mike Casey Trio
Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
13 years, see bio
Mike is a graduate of the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (University of Hartford's Hartt School, CT). While at Hartt he was fortunate to study with some of the world's top jazz musicians, including saxophonists Abraham Burton, Rene McLean, & Javon Jackson, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz musicians/composers worldwide selected to participate in the prestigious 2 week “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. where he studied with leading jazz artists Jason Moran, JD Allen, Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Harland, Carmen Lundy, Eric Revis, and Andre Hayward. Mike has performed at well-respected venues such as The Kennedy Center (DC), Dizzy’s Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC), Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), the Hard Rock Cafe (Boston), to name a few. He has garnered press in The Hartford Courant, AllAboutJazz.com, The New Haven Register, WNPR, and others. Nominated for “Best Jazz” in the Hartford Advocate’s “CT Music Awards”, Mike has played to audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the State.
Recently, Mike has shared the stage with notable jazz artists such as Marc Cary, JD Allen, Tarus Mateen, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Rene McLean, Brandee Younger, Ben Williams, Dezron Douglas, and Benito Gonzalez.
Mike has impressed audiences young & old alike, performing a unique blend of original music and exciting arrangements of jazz standards with a mature lyricism and a sound that commands the attention of the audience.
Mike is highly motivated to share his musical expertise with students. He has been playing saxophone for 13 years and been teaching saxophone for 4. He has experience with students ranging from age 9 to 59, teaching all levels and many styles of music from classical to jazz to funk. Mike has a great deal of interest in music education, sparked by his time at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at The Hartt School, where Jackie’s motto was always “Each One Teach One”. In addition to the saxophone, he is also available for beginner flute, beginner clarinet, music theory, songwriting/composition, and jazz improvisation lessons.
Mike custom tailors all lessons to fit each students individual needs, while making lessons both fun and challenging. Mike has established himself as an excellent saxophone/woodwinds teacher in the greater Avon, CT and Hartford, CT areas.