James Casey Announces Christmas EP To Fight Colon Cancer

Article Contributed by Margaret Willard | Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Acclaimed saxophonist and vocalist James Casey will make his solo recording debut with the release of a special holiday album, A Little Something For Everyone, on Monday, December 5th, via 12/23 Records.

Pressed on limited edition blue vinyl, the 7” EP offers a heartfelt Christmas collection from Casey that features two holiday staples, one funky original song and a beloved gospel hymn. Created in partnership with Nancy Langhorne Foundation, proceeds will benefit the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and Eastern Virginia Medical School’s HOPES Clinic to help provide free colon cancer screenings for the uninsured.

A multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and producer based in New York City, Casey is widely known as the saxophone player and vocalist for Trey Anastasio Band. He’s recorded with Phish, toured with Meghan Trainor, performed on the Tonight Show with the Jonas Brothers and shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Billy Strings, among others.

Casey was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2021, which made this holiday EP project an extremely personal undertaking.

“When I was approached with the opportunity to record, I jumped at the chance,” Casey said. “Although we had a lot of setbacks while recording due to chemotherapy, being able to make a fun, holiday record with my friends to help people get access to screening for something that I am currently battling was a no-brainer. The fact that it’s the first music released under my own name is definitely an added bonus!”

Produced and arranged by Casey, A Little Something For Everyone was recorded at Creamery Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, mixed by Jack Mason and Michael Coffman and mastered by Doug Krebs. The album features top New York session musicians including Randy Runyon (guitar), Ian Faquini (guitar), Matt Owens (trumpet), Steve Jenkins (bass), Corey Bernhard (keys) and Derrick White (horns), who arranged the album’s rendition of “Joy to the World.”

Vinyl production will be limited to 300 copies, with silk screened and numbered album jackets designed by Brooklyn based artist Nate Cepis. The album is available for pre-order on Nov. 7 at 1223Records.com, with vinyl shipping in mid-December. Singles from the EP will roll out on streaming services throughout November.

A Little Something For Everyone marks Casey’s first recording under his own name, and preludes his forthcoming solo EP Kauai, due to release in early 2023.

Track Listing:
1. Christmafunk
2. Christmas Time Is Here
3. Joy To The World
4. His Eye Is On The Sparrow