Leo Casino – my portrait of a Miami Jazz legend

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One of the benefits of being a portrait photographer is spending private time with “people of excellence” – artists, actors, writers, politicians, musicians and others.  On Wednesday I had the unique opportunity to have a private portrait session with one of Miami’s jazz legends, Leo Casino.  This opportunity arose when my friend, arts enthusiast Myra Wexler mentioned Leo would make a guest appearance at her next monthly arts networking event “Musing with Myra” at the Wynwood Kitchen & Bar in Miami.  After his performance, Leo agreed to “sit” for me to do a portrait.

Why is Leo a Miami jazz legend?  Just look at a few of his accomplishments listed on his website:  “After 30 years of show business, Casino has some pretty impressive credentials. He is a Grammy-nominated composer and sax artist who has recorded 100+ songs, scored/acted in 18 movies, and has appeared on the Geraldo, Maury Povitch, and Today Shows. He recently performed at the Memphis Jazz Festival, Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival and numerous festivals and concerts around the globe. Along the way, Leo has performed with many greats including George Benson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Neil Diamond, Jimi Hendrix, Donny Hathaway, Peter Tosh, Neville Brothers, Miles Jaye, Bob Marley, Gloria Gaynor, Robert Flack, Lionel Richie, Grace Jones, Meat Loaf and Jaco Pastorius—to name just a few.”

Even President Bill Clinton had this to say in a handwritten note to Leo: “Leo, your new CD is really smoking.”

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