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The Biography of “Leo Casino”
Producer, Composer, Songwriter, Film Maker, Musician, Vocalist, Actor
“Mr. Casino” has been in show business for the past thirty years. His musical training at the early age of nine included work with such musical giants as Stanley Turrentine, Sy Morocco and George Benson in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received a full scholarship to the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D. C. The first Jazz Major in the United States, he studied under Donald Byrd and the great Quincy Jones.
During his thirty-year career, “Mr. Casino
” has played with the likes of Dr. Lonnie
Smith, George Benson, Earth, Wind & Fire,
Timmy Thomas, Neil Diamond, Mitch
Ryder, James Brown, Wilson Pickett,
Eddie Floyd, Jimmie Hendrix, Spider
Martin, Jack McDuff, Carla Thomas,
Benny Latimore, Roberta Flack, Donnie
Hathaway, Shirley Scott, Diamond Tooth
Mary, David Keith, Don Johnson, Jaco
Pastorius, Neville Brothers, Bobbie Keys,
Robert Cray Band, Meat Loaf, Viola Wells,
Donna Summers, Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones,
Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.
“Mr. Casino” has written and acted in numerous plays and musicals. Among the plays are “I am Innocent” performed in February 1990 and “Odyssey” performed in September 1991. His musical credits include “Land My Father Died” produced in December 1985 and “Funk Opera” in November 1995. Among his film credits are “Forsythe County” May 1989, “Soweto” June 1988, “East Of Overtown” in progress. He can also be seen in the 1987 German Film “Otto” and in a 1986 episode of “Miami Vice” as Slick.
He has played at numerous benefits and public events such as the White House Party, American Cancer Society, President Nixon’s Inauguration in 1968, Orthopedic March and Soul Explosion a benefit for the homeless. “Mr. Casino” has lectured on race relations in Miami at Colleges and Universities around the country including UCLA, Harvard Law School, University of Chicago and Moorehouse College. He is the holder of an honorary Doctorate Degree from Mallory College. “Mr. Casino” continues to perform as a jazz musician with the “Florida Players. He is also working on his latest documentary film project “Brothers” the story of his chance reunification in May of 1996 with his younger brother Reginald Harris, whom he had not seen or heard from in over thirty years. “Mr. Casino” latest CD “Better Days” is dedicated to those that lost their lives on 9-11-01 and their Families and Love Ones.
“Leo Casino” is under the management of Roy Harris from Jazzii Entertainment & Productions, Corp., Memphis, TN.