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  • mistermuse 1:28 am on May 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fats Waller, Harlem Stride Piano, ,   

    A HEALTHY DOSE OF FATS (PART TWO) 

    Once in a great while the jazz world produces an artist who is able to achieve wide commercial success while operating on a high musical level. Such a man was Thomas “Fats” Waller, pianist, singer, composer and humorist. –Mike Lipshin, Harlem Stride Pianist, music director and documentary producer

    If one thing could be said to stand out above all else in the performances of Fats Waller, it was the joy in him, the pure joy of being alive despite having to abide the overt racism of his time. He was both amusing and an amused observer, laughing at the mores of the world and at himself laughing at the world. When it came to love songs, he had fun not only with banal, but often with superior, love songs. Not for nothing was Fats called The Clown Prince of Jazz.

    We stride on now with Part Two of the Fats Waller Documentary, narrated by his son, Maurice:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91kj5zp5IrA

     

     
    • Don Frankel 4:34 am on May 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Ahh great stuff. One of my lucky and best days in the theater was one afternoon when we decided to get half price tickets and ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ was open.

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    • mistermuse 7:00 am on May 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I own the original Broadway cast album (a 2 LP record set) of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, and all I have to do is listen to it and read the great notes on the cover to realize how lucky you were indeed. To quote just one reviewer: “Ain’t Misbehavin’ has a first act that will knock your ears off and a second that will come back for the rest of you.” –Walter Kerr, Sunday Times

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  • mistermuse 10:49 am on May 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fats Waller, Honeysuckle Rose, I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling,   

    A HEALTHY DOSE OF FATS 

    His brio was contagious. His exuberance was infectious. His genius was serious. Yet he was better for your health than a fistful of vitamins. His name was Thomas “Fats” Waller. Today is his birthday.

    Waller was born in NYC on May 21, 1904. By the time this multi-talented jazzman/entertainer died tragically young in 1943, he had become one of the music world’s most popular personalities and song writers. Among his many compositions are such standards as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Honeysuckle Rose, and I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling. Some of my personal Waller favorites may not be standards, but deserve to be: Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now, How Can You Face Me, My Heart’s At Ease, Ain’tcha Glad — dozens more.

    Simply put, I love this guy….and I would not only like to celebrate his birthday with something to remember him by on this day, but on each day until International Jazz Day on May 24. Give a look/listen — The Joint is Jumpin’:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwxWYyTlmIo

     
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