Al Casey (jazz guitarist)
|Birth name||Albert Aloysius Casey|
|Born||September 15, 1915|
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Died||September 11, 2005 (aged 89)|
New York City
|Years active||1934 – 2004|
Albert Aloysius Casey (September 15, 1915 – September 11, 2005) known professionally as Al Casey, was a jazz guitarist who was a member of Fats Waller's band during the 1930s and early 1940s.
He was a child prodigy who started on violin, then ukulele. He began playing guitar in 1930 and met Fats Waller in 1933. The following year, at the age of eighteen, he became a member of Waller's band. He made many recordings with the band, and he is noted for having played the solo in "Buck Jumpin'". After Waller's death in 1943, he led his own trio. For two consecutive years in the 1940s, he was voted best guitarist in Esquire magazine.
Beginning in 1957, he was a member of a rhythm and blues band led by King Curtis. Four years later he dropped out of music, though he returned in the 1970s to record with Helen Humes and Jay McShann. Another absence followed until 1981, when he returned to music to play with the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band. He died of colon cancer on September 11, 2005.
- Buck Jumpin' (Swingville, 1960)
- The Al Casey Quartet (Moodsville, 1960)
- Jumpin' with Al: The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions (Black & Blue, 1974)
- Guitar Odyssey with Billy Butler (Jazz Odyssey, 1974)
- Six Swinging Strings (JSP, 1981)
- Best of Friends with Jay McShann (JSP, 1982)
- Genius of Jazz Guitar (JSP, 1983)
- Al Casey Remembers King Curtis (JSP, 1985)
- Louis Armstrong, Pops (Phoenix 10, 1980)
- King Curtis, Live in New York (JSP, 2008)
- Neville Dickie, Shout for Joy (Southland, 1997)
- Wally Fawkes, October Song (Calligraph, 1986)
- Humphrey Lyttelton, Scatterbrains (Lake, 2003)
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- Voce, Steve (15 September 2005). "Al Casey". The Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- Ankeny, Jason. "Al Casey". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. pp. 41–42. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
- "Al Casey Dies at 89; Early Jazz Guitarist". The New York Times. 13 September 2005. Retrieved 7 September 2017.