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Fats Waller

Jazz music's first organist and one of the giants of piano jazz Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller was born on May 21, 1904 in Harlem into a musical family. His grandfather was an accomplished violinist and his mother was the church organist. His family had moved to New York City from Virginia in the late 1880s and his father was the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. His first exposure of music was in the form of church hymns and organ music, an instrument that he was taught to play by his mother and the church musical director. The latter introduced him to the works of J.S. Bach which he played on and off for the rest of his life

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Jason Moran: Promoting the Freedom Principles

Read "Jason Moran: Promoting the Freedom Principles" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Pianist, composer, conceptual artist Jason Moran on truth versus passion, promoting the “Freedom Principles," America's unfortunate way of forgetting the past, when innovation becomes rhetoric, what it means for African American musicians to move freely “from the stage to the table," the power dynamic in choosing repertoire, coming up in Houston among a generation of jazz ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

I Wished on the Moon and The Jitterbug Waltz - Celebrating Rosemary Clooney and Fats Waller

Read "I Wished on the Moon and The Jitterbug Waltz - Celebrating Rosemary Clooney and Fats Waller" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Memorial Day weekend broadcast included new releases from trumpeter Carl Saunders, guitarist Henry Robinett, vocalist Leslie Beukelman, pianist Carolina Calvache, groups DreamRoot and Ajoyo, plus birthday shoutouts to Rosemary Clooney (pictured), Jackie Cain, Fats Waller and Bob Dylan. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music in this time ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Fats Waller

Jazz Musician of the Day: Fats Waller

All About Jazz is celebrating Fats Waller's birthday today! Jazz music's first organist and one of the giants of piano jazz Thomas Wright “Fats" Waller was born on May 21, 1904 in Harlem into a musical family. His grandfather was an accomplished violinist and his mother was the church organist. His family had moved to New ...

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Afro Blue: We Shall Overcome

Read "We Shall Overcome" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The vocal group Afro Blue was founded (in 2002) by its director, Connaitre Miller, Jazz Voice Coordinator at Howard University in Washington, DC. Miller's approach to vocal jazz is patterned after that of such celebrated groups as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, the Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, a blueprint that has served Afro Blue well and ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Archive of Contemporary Music

Read "The Archive of Contemporary Music" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Lower Manhattan, sits a musical gold mine. It's the motherlode of recorded music though the small, brightly colored sign above a grey steel door provides only a cryptic clue. The dusty window display of rare 78 RPM records, broken into erratic pie charts serves as a vestige of the past and a cautionary tale about ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Prolific Austin composer, first call pianist Rich Harney dies suddenly at 66

Prolific Austin composer, first call pianist Rich Harney dies suddenly at 66

jny: Austin is mourning the loss of one of its finest and most beloved musicians, pianist Rich Harney. Harney passed away on January 5, 2020, just before a Sunday night trio gig at The Elephant Room. Born in Champaign, Illinois, Harney was a prolific composer first inspired by the recordings of Oscar Peterson. Influences include Thelonious ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Tales of The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed - Jazz Societies, Part II

Read "Tales of The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed - Jazz Societies, Part II" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2 Jazz Societies, Part 1 briefly traced the preservation and interpretation of jazz from the oral history of its West African roots through academic and cultural institutions. The article included an overview of jazz societies and foundations that further the fostering of jazz education. The organizations vary in scope, size ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Charleston Jazz Festival 2020

Read "Charleston Jazz Festival 2020" reviewed by Martin McFie

Various Venues Charleston Jazz Festival Charleston, SC January 23-26, 2020 Jazz Festivals are like people, six years old is still in infancy, but everything has to start somewhere. Historically, the city which gave birth to the Charleston dance craze and was the inspiration for Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, deserves The Charleston ...

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Newk, Dave (And Paul), Fats & More

Read "Newk, Dave (And Paul), Fats & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Have you gotten used to writing or typing 2020 yet? I'm getting there just from filling out Gift and Messages paperwork and metadata! But let's get to the music, starting with a few 21st century tunes from Orrin Evans (putting the street beat to Ornette), trumpeter John McNeil and Russian saxophonist Makar Kashitsyn. Then Bobby Broom ...


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