Born in New York in 1917, Cass Harrison developed his keyboard technique since he was a tender four years of age. He studied classical piano and composition at the prestigious Julliard School. Harrison got his professional wings in the Teddy Powell band, which included in its personnel such noted musicians as Ray Wetzel, Charlie Ventura, and Irving Fazola.
Harrison played in Pennsylvania in 1944, subsequently toured with big bands and appeared widely as a soloist, usually leading his own combo. In 1948, he played intermissions at Cafe James in New York. In 1954, he played with a singer at the Hotel Warwick in Philadelphia. Notable in his background was a big jazz band of his own with which he toured South America prior to recording with his trio.
Cass Harrison will be remembered by record fans for his M-G-M albums “The Duke and I” (MGM E3388), and “Wrappin’ It Up” (MGM E3495) both...