Joined Feb 6 2012
70 years old
In 1988 Eddie invited me to join him for dinner after a nearby San Francisco gig in order to discuss obtaining royalties from his tunes and arrangements. As a fan and publicist for Phil Schaap’s West End Café engagements in the 1970's I enjoyed many evenings hanging out with those musicians. Eddie, a fascination with his speaker converted to a guitar amplifier, frequently illuminated me with his jazz history.
As an avid follower of the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band I had had the opportunity to successfully collect royalties from Al Casey-rhythm guitar original tunes recorded with Fats Waller and on European recordings that continue to initiate checks for his son.
When I reopened Shutters Cafe with members of the HARLEM BLUES AND JAZZ BAND then moved to Chez Suzette to institute their Jazz policy I featured Fats Waller's last living Rhythm member Al Casey.
I can be found at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem or out and about around town reviewing for JazzReview.com and shooting “Watch Jazz Happen” archival digital video footage as an Independent Producer. Google “Dan Kassell Jazz” for the latest.