Tuesday, September 26, 2006

All Hail Mr. Waller!

I love this guy.

Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller

Born: New York, NY - May 21, 1904
Died: Kansas City, MO - December 15, 1943

He was a stride pianist, recording artist, band leader and composer extraordinaire. With Andy Razaf (lyricist), he wrote enduring classics such as Aint Misbehavin', Honeysuckle Rose, Keepin' Out Of Mischief and (What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue?

He was funny, wild and a consummate musician. Do yourself a favor and check out the links for more of his story - and, most importantly, listen to his music. You'll be glad that you did.


Waller exhibit at Rutgers University
Fats at Red Hot Jazz
Fats at Wikipedia
Ragtime/Stride/Swing/Novelty Piano Midi
"Perfessor" Bill Ragtime and Nostalgia Midi
Fats at Jazz Roots

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller is my all-time favorite pianist. He was a genius in all areas of endeavor. Well ... perhaps not in finance.

One never knows, do one?