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Johnny Case Papers

Identifier: J-0002

Scope and Contents

Personal papers, clippings, photographs, a scrapbook, and books belonging to jazz musician Johnny Case.


  • 1963 - 2016

Biographical / Historical

Johnny Case was born on August 24, 1947 in Fort Worth, Texas to J.C. and Floy Case. Both parents were songwriters and his father, J.C., played mandolin in a string band. His older brother Jerry played the guitar. He began performing as a child in the mid-1950s at the Red River Jamboree in Paris, Texas. Johnny became interested in modern jazz around the age of 12/13. In the 1960s, he played piano for a number of western bands and in 1966 played his first jazz gig with the Adrian Watts Trio at Texas Hotel, Escape Club in Fort Worth, Texas. He continued to perform with a variety of people around the Dallas-Fort Worth area throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1974, he founded PRIORITY Label for self-producing jazz albums. In September of 1983, Johnny started playing jazz as the house pianist at Sardines Ristorante Italiano. He played at Sardines until its closing in 2011.

Johnny Case has recorded a number of albums including Contrasts in Jazz (1974); Jazz Potpourri (1978); Creative Explosions (1981); Just A Case of Love (1991); Waiting for the Moment (2004); Love’s Bitter Rage (2005); and The Priority Recordings (2015). As of 2018, Johnny Case is still preforming jazz in the DFW area.


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Johnny Case Papers
Jennifer Brancato
May 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102