Guitarist Al Casey, known for his work with Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, and Billie Holiday, among others, died last week, just a few days short of his 90th birthday. Loren Schoenberg, executive director of The Jazz Museum of Harlem writes:
“A birthday tribute scheduled for 7:30 P.M. Thursday 9/15/05 at St. Peter’s Church, NYC will now be a memorial. No admission charge. Reception to follow. Musicians are invited to perform and should contact Al Vollmer at 914-834-6882 in this regard.”
Note: This photograph was taken by William P. Gottlieb at the Pied Piper in New York City in the mid 1940s: (l to r) Denzil Best, Al Casey, John Levy.