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Fats Waller 4

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 26 - 2009

Producer: Joyride Media

Reccomended:  Fats Waller:  If You Gotta Ask

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Fats Waller 3

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 19 - 2009

Fats Waller’s famous compositions of the 1930s and 40s have attained an immortal, standard-level of recognition and have stood the test of time. But what is lesser known is that Fats Waller was also an entertainer par excellence, bringing the music he performed to life with jokes and asides to the audience.  As historian Dick Hyman explains, “he was engaging in signifying – critiquing something while you are actually performing.  Satirizing what he is singing in very sophisticated ways.”  Playwrite and critic Murray Horowitz calls Waller “one of the greatest jazz musicians of the first 50 years of the music, but also one of the great comedians of the golden age of American comedy”!

Music included: “Ain’t Misbehavin’” “Bessie Bessie” “Christopher Columbus” “A Change in Me” “It’s a Sin to Lie” and “Your Feets Too Big”

Producer: Joyride Media

Reccomended:  Fats Waller:  If You Gotta Ask

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Fats Waller 2

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 12 - 2009

Strangely enough, two things happened to Fats after he died: he essentially disappeared from our culture’s memory for over 30 years, and when he was talked about, it centered around his clowning and humor, which was sorely misunderstood. Despite his untimely death, Fats Waller spent nearly every day of his short life making the music he loved. In that time, he created a rich, prolific legacy that today is justly revered.

Producer: Joyride Media

Reccomended:  Fats Waller:  If You Gotta Ask

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Fats Waller 1

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 5 - 2009

Thursdays are Fats Waller day here at the Legacy Podcasts, in honor of Black History Month.

Fats Waller is one of America’s great composers and performers of the 20th century. His songs, stride piano style and on-stage and on-screen antics were legendary and made him one of the first African-American superstars.

Count Basie sat at his feet to learn, Art Tatum considered Fats the best, and Waller’s stride style influenced Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck and many others.

Producer: Joyride Media

Reccomended:  Fats Waller:  If You Gotta Ask

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