May 24th is International Jazz Day, a fitting day to wind up our four-part series and documentary of the “Living In A Great Big Way” jazz legend, Fats Waller….and live in a great big way, he definetly did:
They say all good things must come to an end. Though there is much more that could be said of Fats, there is admittedly much less interest in hearing much more (judging by the few views this series has generated)….and so we yield to the reality of generational evolution. Enough. Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or die. Fats did and died –much too young, but if he had it to do over, would he change his life-shortening ways? As Fats himself famously observed, One never knows, do one?
And so we wind down to Documentary Part 4, the last (and shortest) of the series: