[Dixielandjazz] Al Casey RIP
roadie at btinternet.com
Mon Sep 12 09:14:52 PDT 2005
Just had this sad news in.
Al Casey Memorial Celebration - 7:30pm Thursday, September 15, 2005 - Saint
Peter's Church, 54th & Lexington Ave. - Contact: Dr. Al Vollmer 914-834-6882.
Al Casey's 90th birthday was to be celebrated this coming Thursday. This
event is now to be a memorial tribute. The Harlem Blues and Jazz Band will be
joined by pianists Brooks Kerr, Chuck Folds, Frank Owens and Emme Kemp, along
with other musicians who make arrangements with Dr. Vollmer.
Al Casey, who played guitar with Fats Waller for over a decade, passed away
this morning, according to the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band's founder and
leader, Al Vollmer. He had been confined with cancer to the Dewitt
Rehabilitation Center, East 79th Street and 3rd Avenue, New York, NY, for
about a year. He is survived by his wife, Althea, and his son, Al Casey, Jr.
Casey was born in Louisville, Kentucky September 15, 1915. He had completed a
rich musical career in 1981 when Vollmer and Peter Carr brought him out of
retirement to join the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, with whom he performed for
two more decades. With them he performed in 2000 at Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow,
to mark the Louis Armstrong Centennial. That band included three members who
had worked with Armstrong, pianist Edwin Swanston, drummer Johnny Blowers,
and Mr. Casey.
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