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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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Article: Album Review

Bernie Dresel: The Pugilist

Read "The Pugilist" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Jack Bowers, All About Jazz's large ensemble authority, previously considered this entire recording, The Pugilist, remarking that ..."if swing is your thing, you've come to the right place, as that is what Dresel and his elite group of sun-baked sidemen (and two women) do best and most often." One of the elements that ensures “swing" is ...

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Article: Interview

Brian Auger's Revolution In Jazz

Read "Brian Auger's Revolution In Jazz" reviewed by Jim Santella


This interview first appeared at All About Jazz in November 2000. Born and raised in jny: London, Brian Auger came up through those crazy years in music. The 1960s were all about change. Things were being done in jazz that hadn't been considered earlier. Lifestyles and values were changing too, and that was affecting ...

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News: Performance / Tour

See The Tony Award-Winning Jazz Musical Ain't Misbehavin'

See The Tony Award-Winning Jazz Musical Ain't Misbehavin'

Greater Boston Stage Company is pleased to present “Ain’t Misbehavin’" directed and co-choreographed by Maurice Emmanuel Parent. Produced by The Nora at Central Square Theatre, The Front Porch Arts Collective, and Greater Boston Stage Company. Named after the 1929 Thomas “Fats” Waller song, “Ain’t Misbehavin’" is a musical revue tribute to the black musicians of the ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dewey Redman B-Day, Mingus with electric guitars, Mary Halverson with strings and Kevin Eubanks with Orrin Evans

Read "Dewey Redman B-Day, Mingus with electric guitars, Mary Halverson with strings and Kevin Eubanks with Orrin Evans" reviewed by David Brown


Charles Mingus with electric guitars, Mary Halvorson with strings and Kevin Eubanks with Orrin Evans. Birthday tributes to Dewey Redman and Fats Waller, plus new releases from David Murray and Ingrid Laubrock. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Epistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club Complete (Columbia) 00:30 Fats Waller “Vipers Drag" from If You Got To Ask, ...

News: Birthday

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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Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

Read "From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics" reviewed by Chris May


The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Recent Vocal Releases

Read "Recent Vocal Releases" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Here are five recent releases by vocalists who each have their own unique spin on jazz singing. Liz Terrell It's All Right With Me Westmont 2022 Liz Terrell's musical path has led her into the worlds of cabaret, musical theatre and gospel. This is her first recording ...

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Article: Album Review

Johan Lindvall Trio: This Is Not About You

Read "This Is Not About You" reviewed by Chris May


If you ask a jazz fan to name the greatest piano trio albums ever made, the probability is that their top twenty choices will include Erroll Garner's Concert By The Sea (Columbia, 1955), Ahmad Jamal's But Not For Me (Argo, 1958), Bill Evans' Sunday At The Village Vanguard (Riverside, 1961), Keith Jarrett's Standards Vol. 2 (ECM, ...

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Article: Album Review

Tommy Vig 2022: Jazz Jazz

Read "Jazz Jazz" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In a musical career spanning more than seven decades, Hungarian-born vibraphonist and percussionist Tommy Vig spent many productive years as a composer, arranger, performer, leader and sideman in the U.S.A., and planted his jazz flag in many precincts, from straight-ahead to semi-classical, avant-garde to atonal, He touches almost every base on Jazz Jazz, recorded in his ...


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