In "The Empire Strikes Back," we meet Jedi Master Yoda hanging out on the remote, swamp-planet of Dagobah, waiting in exile for the Empire to quiet down a little. Dagobah is where Luke Skywalker trains with Yoda for the inevitable "Return of the Jedi."
Mike Casey, a rising young saxophonist, sees parallels between Dagobah and Hartford — an unlikely place, he says, to find a thriving jazz scene.
"A lot of my peers said, 'Why do you want to stay in Hartford? Why don't you want to go to New York?'" Casey says. "Any young jazz musician, you'd expect him or her to want to leave, but I'm glad I stayed."
"Dagobah" is also the...