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Fats Waller 120 - Marshall Allen 100


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In this episode, we celebrate two artists. In the first set, pianist and songwriter Fats Waller who was born 120 years ago this week. In the second set, we celebrate Philadelphia's ambassador to the cosmos, Marshall Allen leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, who turned 100 on May 25. These two men's lives span the entire jazz continuum. Waller, who was born in 1904 was writing hit songs when Allen was born in 1924. Their lives overlapped by 19 years. For me, Waller represents the music of the first half of the 20th century, and Allen the second half and he is still at it today.


  • Thelonious Monk "Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 01:30
  • James P. Johnson "Carolina Shout" from Rare Piano Rags 1920.—1923 (Musidisc) 02:15
  • Fats Waller "The Joint is Jumpin'" from "Fats" Waller Favorites (RCA Victor) 05:27
  • Shirley Scott "Ain't Misbehavin'" from Roll 'Em Shirley Scott Plays the Big Bands (Impluse!) 09:17
  • Anita O'Day "Honeysuckle Rose" from Anita (Verve Records) 12:48
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant "Cecil McLorin Salvant" from Woman Child (Mack Avenue Records) 17:01
  • Paul Bley Trio "Black and Blue" from My Standard (StepleChase) 23:52
  • Thad Jones & Mel Lewis "Willow Tree" from Liove at the Village Vanguard (Solid State) 32:35
  • Ruby Braff "Blue Turning Grey Over You" from Braff!! (Epic) 37:35
  • Fats Waller "Two Sleepy People" from "Fats" Waller Favorites (RCA Victor) 40:28
  • Lionel Hampton "You're My Ideal" from The Complete Lionel Hampton 1937-1941 (Bluebird) 44:34
  • Tyshawn Sorey, Greg Osby "You're My Ideal" from The Off-Off Broadway Guide To Synergism (Pi Recordings) 47:46
  • Fats Waller "Hold Tight (I Want Some Seafood Mama)" from "Fats" Waller Favorites (RCA Victor) 55:40
  • Sun Ra Arkestra Under the Direction of Marshall Allen "Swirling" from Swirling (Strut/Art Yard) 1:13:02
  • Sun Ra Arkestra Under the Direction of Marshall Allen "Marshall's Groove" from Living Sky (Omni) 1:20:50
  • Paul Bley Quintet "And Now The Queen" from Barrage (ESP Disk) 1:32:54
  • Knoel Scott featuring Marshall Allen "Makanda" from Celestial (Night Dreamer) 1:37:27
  • John Blum Quartet featuring Marshall Allen "Electromagnetism" from Deep Space (Astral Spirits) 1:42:17
  • Sun Ra and His Arkestra "Enlightenment" from Jazz in Silhouette (DOL) 1:48:17
  • Marshall Allen "Heart Aura" from M. Allen—M. Shipp—J. Morris Night Logic (RogueArt) 1:53:17

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