Soul, jazz and rock sax man JAMES CASEY died on Monday 28th August. He was aged 40 and had been battling colon cancer. His family released the following statement: “It is with profound grief and a broken heart that we confirm the passing of James Casey. He died peacefully in the early morning of August 28, 2023, surrounded by his wife and family. James persevered through his colon cancer battle for two years, and it was the honour of his career to release solo music and perform during that time. James brought joy to everyone around him and his legacy will live on, both through his music and the advocacy work that’s become so integral to him.”
Born in Washington DC, Casey learned drums at and early age and was proficient on the saxophone by the time he was 9!. He studied at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston and his first pro gigs included work with Soulive and Lettuce. Casey eventually joined Trey Anastasio’s band . He also collaborated with Dave Matthews Band, Meghan Trainor, The Jonas Brothers, Wu-Tang, The Roots, John Legend, Anderson .Paak, Maceo Parker, Cary Rae Jepsen, Roy Hargrove and many more. Casey also released music in his own right – notably a 2022 Christmas EP, ‘A Little Something For Everyone’.