Leroy Ostransky, Jazz Composer and Musician, Tacoma 1980 (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 05/08/2019


Leroy Ostransky was born to Russian immigrants and grew up on the lower east side of New York. He made his name as an American Jazz Composer. He wrote several books, one named Sharkey’s Kid, his autobiography. Sharkey was his father, who ran a saloon during the dry years of the thirties. He was a hard man, and hard on his son.

Ostransky was a family friend and my mother persuaded him to play a few pieces in the public library downtown. Mom asked me to make pictures of his performance. My cousin tells me Leroy would come to his home, play jazz and drink cocktails with his parents in the fifties. In 1975, Ostransky was named one of the twelve greatest teachers in America by People magazine. He died in 1993.

This performance occurred on May 8, 1980, 39 years ago today.

Today’s Coolphoto 20190508

Leroy Ostransky, Jazz Composer and Musician and Educator, Tacoma 1980 (Vintage Silver)
Format Vintage Silver
Edition One Only

Original 1980: Print 1980:: Size 10x8 :: Stamp On Back :: $625.


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