"A craftsman who assembles the different parts ... to house the movement in its exact dimensions"
Case-fitter was created to find a new sound in guitarist Jeff Swanson's music. The project's inception began with electric bassist Lane Beckstrom (The Juju Exchange, Kids These Days, Marrow, Nico Segal, Chance the Rapper) and drummer Greg Artry (Melvin Rhyne, Pharez Whitted, Bobby Broom, Slide Hampton, Bobby Watson, Charles McPhearson, Claudio Roditi, Donald Harrison Jr.). The dynamic was instantly open enough for individual voices to shine while still creating exciting compositions and rich improvisations.
In November 2016, Swanson was commissioned to bring a piece for the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective 15th anniversary concert at the Green Mill in Chicago. The Case-fitter trio would be the backbone of the new work while adding bass clarinet, trumpet and vibraphone. The resulting performance proved further explorations of the larger ensemble were needed.
During April 2017, the band began a recording and performance residency at The Whistler in Chicago. For four consecutive Tuesday's the band performed two sets of music composed by guitarist Jeff Swanson. Each Tuesday the band's formation expanded from trio to quintet, sextet and finally octet.
"I believe music creates a place for a community to come together. This music was written with that purpose in mind from the beginning; to bring my favorite people and musicians together for what I envisioned as a fun and engaging experience. Performing the music live we invited our friends and family to join us, and we now invite you to join the experience as well."
We hope you enjoy this preview of our musical experiment, Case-fitter