WHEN did the US jazz pianist and singer Fats Waller
"We'll explore some of life's ups and downs with songs from the Beatles, contrasting spirituals, hits by Josh Groban, Rascal Flatts, Fats Waller
, folk music, and much more.
Paying tribute to all the jazz greats from Dean Martin, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Bille Holiday, Fats Waller
and more, Vinylio and performing band Two for the Road are arranging a perfect end to your week -- if you're a jazz fan.
Growing up in a family of artists (his parents Guy Davis / Fabrizio Poggi were Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis), he fell under the spell of Blind Willie McTell and Fats Waller
at an early age.
His nickname also honored keyboardists like Fats Waller
. He was 5'5" and joked about it that he was as wide as tall.
The band's leader Bill Diamond gave him the nickname that became his permanent identity - saying his technique reminded him of piano greats Fats Waller
and Fats Pichon.
Today, Lichfield Garrick, 01543 412121 MUSIC Mark Lewandowski Jazz Tuesdays at the Spotted Dog today features double bassist Mark who will be showcasing new album Waller, a tribute to jazz legend Fats Waller
, featuring Ain't Misbehavin and Honeysuckle Rose, with pianist Liam Noble and drummer Paul Clarvis.
The music was a compilation of five eras: the Early Years, 1920s-1930s, by artists and composers Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Coleman Hawkins, Louie Armstrong, Fats Waller
, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald; the 1940s-1950s Standards or the music of Cole Porter, Alberto Dominguez, Glenn Miller, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Billy Holiday, Clifford Brown, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis; the 1960s-1970s Modern Pop Era with Aretha Franklin, Motown, Elvis Presley, Sarah Vaughan, Sergio Mendes and Chick Corea; 1980s-1990s pop, featuring the music of Billy Joel, Lou Rawls, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Jackson, Michael Buble and Madonna; and the present era of Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson and Pharrell Williams.
Exhibition highlights include a letter from Jelly Roll Morton to Alan Lomax; a Chet Baker suicide note; a rarely seen Romare Bearden sketch; a handwritten letter from Mary Lou Williams to Carmen McRae suggesting songs she might like to record; a holograph score by Gil Evans written for Helen Merrill; and film and television clips with Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Fats Waller
, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Rushing, Luciana Souza, and others.
BORN EDNA O'Brien, Irish novelist, 1930 MARTIN Skrtel, Slovakian Footballer, 1984, above J PAUL Getty, US industrialist, 1892 DIED SITTING Bull, Native American chief, 1890 FATS Waller
, US jazz musician, 1943 WALT Disney, US animator, 1966, above
Revisited is an album celebrating the music of African-American jazz pianist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (1904-1943).
It includes classic tunes by BB King, Duke Ellington, Big Joe Turner, Fats Waller
and many more.