Casey Macgill

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Casey MacGill is the heart and soul of the band. From California, he is a classic Hollywood character in appearance and style. MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano. He blows a lyrical cornet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for almost 30 years, in a career that stretches from Los Angeles (Mood Indigo, feature films "Frances" and "Swing Shift") to Spokane, WA (The Spirits of Rhythm and the neo-swing classic CD "Jump") to Broadway (The musical "Swing") and finally to Seattle. "I've played a lot of music with a lot of people," he says "and one thing I've learned is to tailor my arrangements to the individual musicians. Its gives each musical situation a unique sound." He steers the band from his piano bench, alternately cruising along and sweating feverishly, switching intuitively between the ukulele and the piano and the cornet, singing and scatting, sometimes all within the same song.

Mike Daugherty came to Seattle from Baltimore, Maryland–a fact that is not lost on anyone. He played drums in punk rock bands in his hometown. In the Pacific Northwest, he founded and led the Yes Yes Boys, as well as pounding the skins for The Evergreen Classic Jazz Band and Jo Miller and Her Burly Roughnecks. Almost everything about his style is East Coast, from his bowties to his vocal style. Brash, yes, but with a melancholy undertone. What is curiously understated is his drumming. "When I started playing with the B4T I had to change. The sound required a more understated rhythm thing, so I lost the bass-drum, the toms, some cymbals, and ended up with the little kit you see me using today. I use brushes mostly, sticks very occasionally. It allows us to stay close together on stage, and puts the focus on the song and the singing."

Bassist Matt Weiner's resume includes performances and recordings with The Flying Neutrinos, The Hot Club of Cowtown, The Asylum Street Spankers, Rani Arbo, Danny Barnes, Rebecca Kilgore and Willy Mason. He hails from Boston, lived in New York City and Austin, TX before coming to Seattle. He eschews the modern "amplified" acoustic bass style for the plucky stomp of the early jazz bass pioneers like Walter Page, Pops Foster, Steve Brown and Jimmy Blanton. "When Mike, Casey and I got together, the fit was just right," says Matt. "Casey and Mike let me play bass the way I hear it, because that's the way they like to hear it." Matt relishes the challenge of playing bass and singing at the same time: "I'm playing two fretless instruments at once, so things can get squirrelly. That's why I'm not always smiling up there."

Their debut recording as a group, "Casey MacGill's Blue 4 Trio", was released in 2006 and features 10 trio tracks and 2 quartet tracks. Says Casey: "My other projects were like oil paintings, constantly being tweaked and refined. The Blue 4 Trio CD is my watercolor, I put the paint on and what you get is what you get.

" The result is soft, loud, happy, sad, raw, mellow, with an honest mistake or 2 thrown in for good measure. It is a real band playing real music

Their followup CD, "Three Cool Cats", was released in 2008. From Casey's opening clarion call tribute to the Cats and the Fiddle on "Gangbusters" to the final fade of Mike's take on "Daydream", the boys have outdone themselves on this one. A cavalcade of stars join the boys to spice up the proceedings. The result is even more swinging then the first CD, and the boys are mighty proud of it.

Top Tracks

Rhythm 1

Rhythm

Late Night Swing 2

Late Night Swing

Whadaya Want 3

Whadaya Want

I'm Gonna Love You Tonight 4

I'm Gonna Love You Tonight

Undecided 5

Undecided

Swing Brother Swing 6

Swing Brother Swing

Jump Up 7

Jump Up

Git It (in the Groove) 8

Git It (in the Groove)

Git It - In The Groove 9

Git It - In The Groove

Love Ain't Nothin' But the Blues 10

Love Ain't Nothin' But the Blues

Top Albums

Jump
Jump
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Radio Modern, The ABC Of Swing, Bop 'n Roll
Radio Modern, The ABC Of Swing, Bop 'n Roll
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