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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.

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