Jan. 19, 1959 - Oct. 4, 1999
CLUBS: The Blue Note, Birdland, The Village Gate, The West End Cafe, J's, The Jazz Forum and Dean St.
HALLS AND FESTIVALS: Lincoln Center, St. Peters Church, St. Ann's, Town Hall, Symphony Space, St. John's Cathedral and P.S. 22 Swedish Tour '96, Celebrate Brooklyn, The Greenwich Village Jazz Festival, The New York New Music Festival and a Tribute to Dinah Washington at the Blue Note.
GROUPS: Barry Harris Jazz Ensemble, Jay Clayton and Voices, Jon Hendricks Vocalstra, New York Singers Orchestra, Kirk Nurock and the Natural Sound, Over Easy, Gourds of Afro Sound and Tigressa.
EDUCATION: Connie Crothers, Barry Harris, Abbey Lincoln, Jay Clayton, Frank Foster, Berklee College of Music and the Jazz Mobile.
"... a skillful singer; lyrical and passionate and expressive, with tender feeling." - Abbey Lincoln
"He's dedicated, soulful and he swings ... Listen!" - Jay Clayton
The performance on, "JUST FOR THE JOY OF IT" is a pure musical expression. At first appearing stark with only voice and piano, the recording fills out with fullness and richness. Casanova has a unique voice for improvising on the themes. He has a certain innocence in his voice that is quite appealing. Crother's piano accompaniment and soloing are a joy to behold. Casanova and Crothers have created a moving album that weds an atypical vocal style with creative piano improvisations. It was a treat to hear."
Frank Rubolino, Cadence , Feb. '98
"For a venture into vocal improvisation, Casanova couldn't have chosen a more supportive and intuitive partner than pianist Crothers. Together they alter time, phrasing, melodic line and harmonic frame works in their search for fresh ways to hear and express the songs. Familiar pulses are often ignored but at the end of each song you realize you have been put in touch with its essential feeling and imagery. Freedom is tested and respected throughout this collaboration."
Lois Moody, Jazz News, June '98
"Recently, New Artists mailed out a duet CD, I think I've mentioned before , how leery I am of vocalists... However, this one has caught my ear. I used the Suite for the (Radio) program last Sunday, about 7 minutes of vocal/piano interplay. Maybe because he didn't sing from the standards repertroire, and used his voice in a different fashion... I don't know, but I sure enjoyed it."
William Kenz, WKDSU Radio, Feb. '98