Leslie Casey

Leslie Casey

 Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA
BandJazzFunk

Giving you a taste of soul and funk!

Biography

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It is the groove! Is it the funk!.....It is the new sound that everyone will be talking about. The New York City based band Leslie Casey & Company is about to break out with their first full length CD under the independent label Juni Records. The music is a combination of jazz, neo soul and old school Motown R&B. The sound is fresh and captivating and will surely grab its audience with its unique sound.

The band was formed in 2007 by Leslie Casey, an accomplished singer from Pittsburgh, PA, who has been performing since the age of four. After winning several talent shows and making the rounds in Washington, DC, Leslie came to New York to take her singing career to another level. Her very first four song EP was aptly entitled "Take a Chance", and was released in March of 2007. This showcased Leslie’s soulful and powerful voice to sing different genres of music, from hip-stomping neo-soul to straight head jazz. The highly successful EP was played on internet radio in London, the Netherlands and the United States. Leslie's sound has not only led her to a new audience, she has lent her voice to sing backup for other artists.

With the success of the CD, Leslie was able cross paths with several talented musicians in the city that played with her at several venues. This included Cornelia Street Café, Smalls Jazz Club, The Annex, Mobay, Yippie Musuem, The River Room in Harlem, The Shrine, and Twin Jazz in Washington, DC. The band played a combination of R&B classics and jazz standards with an edgier sound of their own. As the band began to play more venues, the next phase was to create original music that would set them apart from other bands.

While performing, Leslie began to collaborate with her Musical director and sax player Casey Howard, a skillful and experienced musician, who has played with several diverse bands, including Moonspank and Kokolo. He has performed all over the world with such greats as Isaac Hayes, Taj Majal, Soulive, the Parliament, the Misfits and Ernie Watts. Casey’s performing was raw and energetic, the right balance for this up and coming band. Plus, his ability to take a song from another genre and arrange it to the Leslie Casey & Co sound was invaluable to the group.

From the beginning, Leslie and Casey had a mutual understanding where they thought the band should be and formed a professional partnership to make that happen. They found with Leslie’s ability to write songs and Casey’s ability to arrange music, the two of them began to create music together and retool the band for success.

The CD which will be entitled "Let’s Play" will drop in 2010. It was produced and engineered by Greg Saracino, one of the founders of the Rock band Moonspank, at his studios in Westchester, NY. The CD will showcase original music written by Leslie and other artists. It will also include a few remakes that will have the band signature sound.

This CD will certainly grab the attention of the listening audience. So, watch out for this new and exciting band because you ain't seen nothing yet!

www.lesliecasey.com

Discography

"Let's Play" Full length CD - Juni Records 2010
"Take a Chance" EP 2007

Set List

Can do 30 and 60 mins sets. up to three shows.

Originals
Take A Chance
A Dedication to you
Off My Mind
Stuck on You
Let's Play
You Can Smoke Over There
Kickin it

Current traditional Jazz songs
God Bless the Child
My Funny Valentine
Fever
Summertime
Look of Love
Old Black Magic
Feeling Good
Stormy Weather
Round Midnight
Open the door
In A Sentimental Mood
How Glad I Am

Current contemporary/Jazz/ Neo soul
Kiss of Life
Certainly
Didn't Cha Know
Mesmerized
The Way
What you Want do for Love
Drama
Betcha by Golly Wow
Velvet
Good Lovin
That's the Way Love Goes
Whenever you are around
Only You
My Sensitivity
Everything Must Change
Dreams
Turn Me On
Freedom