Al Casey

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Albert Aloysius Casey (September 15, 1915 - September 11, 2005) best known as Al Casey, was a black American jazz guitarist who played with Fats Waller on many of his famous recordings. Casey composed the well known tune Buck Jumpin which was also recorded by Waller.

Casey was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Joseph and Maggie B. Johnson Casey. He joined Thomas Fats Waller's band in the early 1930s, and worked with Waller until he died in 1943 and can be heard on hundreds of recordsings. In 1944, he briefly recorded with Louis Armstrong. He also worked with Clarenece Profit's band that same year.

Between stints with Waller, Casey worked with Teddy Wilson from 1939 to 1940. He recorded with Billie Holiday, Frankie Newton, and Chu Berry, and even led his own a trio for a short time. Remembering his time, years later, working with Holiday, Casey commented that he was in love with her.

Casey freelanced over decades working with King Curtis from 1957 to 1961, where he played Rhythm and Blues. He continued playing into his late 80's with The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band which he joined in 1981.

He died four days before his ninetieth birthday of colon cancer at the Dewitt Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New York.


  • The Mississippi Rag article by George A. Borgman, December 1999.
  • New York Times, Obituary, September 13, 2005.