Previously only known as “Brass Monkey” Kasey adopted the name ‘Morgan’ in homage to trumpeter Lee Morgan. Deeper than mere reverence, Kasey shares a similar history with Lee Morgan: both men evaded death onstage when estranged lovers attempted public assaults on their lives.
When composing, Kasey receives much of his inspiration for tunes from “the rhythm and pitches of [his] unique snoring” a subject on which the entire band can attest the eccentricity.
In his early teens, Morgan “swung from band to band” until he had a “somewhat permanent gig” with a touring circus pit band. This high flying earned him the nickname, “Brass Monkey”.
Kasey himself is unsure the origins of his brass’o’philia but postulates his introduction was at age 5 when he, “in an attempt to woo a neighborhood girl”, first feverishly blew hot air through the valves. The end result was a primary school suspension.
The other is that due to his obsession with elephant trunks; Morgan spent a duration of his childhood trying to imitate that sound. He found an old cornet in his attic and decided that the trumpet, “amplified his spitting noises better”.