American jazz and popular pianist , organist , singer , bandleader and composer. His father Edward Waller, a Baptist lay preacher, conducted open air religious services in Harlem, at which as a child Fats Waller played the reed organ. He played the piano at his public school and at the age of 15 became organist at the Lincoln Theatre on th Street. His father hoped that Waller would follow a religious calling rather than a career in jazz, but after the death of his mother, Adeline Waller, in he moved in with the family of the fellow African American pianist Russell Brooks. Through Brooks, Waller met James P. Johnson, under whose tutelage he developed as a pianist, and through whose influence he came to make piano rolls, starting in with Got to cool my doggies now QRS.
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American jazz and popular pianist , organist , singer , bandleader and composer. His father Edward Waller, a Baptist lay preacher, conducted open air religious services in Harlem, at which as a child Fats Waller played the reed organ. He played the piano at his public school and at the age of 15 became organist at the Lincoln Theatre on th Street. His father hoped that Waller would follow a religious calling rather than a career in jazz, but after the death of his mother, Adeline Waller, in he moved in with the family of the fellow African American pianist Russell Brooks.
Through Brooks, Waller met James P. Johnson, under whose tutelage he developed as a pianist, and through whose influence he came to make piano rolls, starting in with Got to cool my doggies now QRS. During the early s he continued as organist at the Lincoln and Lafayette theatres, New York. Waller also worked as a composer with the lyricists Edgar Dowell, J. Johnson, Andy Razaf and Spencer Williams. Waller began his recording association with Victor in He also appeared in two films while in Hollywood in : Hooray for Love!
For tours and recordings Waller often led his own big band. He undertook an exceptionally heavy touring load in that year, as well as collaborating with the lyricist George Marion for the stage show Early to Bed. The touring, constant abuse of his system through overeating and overdrinking and the nervous strain of many years of legal trouble over alimony payments all took their toll and his health began to break down.
He was taken ill during a return visit to the West Coast as solo pianist at the Zanzibar Room, Hollywood, and died of pneumonia while travelling back to New York by train with his manager, Ed Kirkeby. The fullness and variety of his tone are still unsurpassed, and he used a wide dynamic range to great expressive and dramatic effect. Harmonically, he sometimes added inner pitches to the customary octaves or 10ths in the left hand, producing richly voiced three-note chords; his chromatic alterations and passing notes undoubtedly influenced Art Tatum.
His improvised melodies were perhaps even more tuneful and less formulaic than those of his mentor Johnson, though in this he was not as consistently inventive as Earl Hines. With his group Fats Waller and his Rhythm he produced many musically rewarding sessions for Victor during the s. Waller was the first significant jazz organist. During the mids he was one of the first musicians to employ the celesta in jazz and frequently played the instrument in combination with the piano.
Because of this the serious side of his musical personality was little appreciated during his lifetime and remained largely underdeveloped. As a singer he could give creditable jazz renditions of songs which he considered to have real musical merit. His vocal style, clearly in the tradition established by Armstrong, showed a tasteful and highly personal use of vibrato.
Fats Waller's Jam and Jive. Fats Waller Piano Rollography. Works and style. Pictures from the Fats Waller Exhibit. W24 T Radio and television broadcasts are an essential component in the career of jazz musician Thomas "Fats" Waller.
The medium suited his character well, allowing his friendly, energetic personality to shine through. This book meticulously documents Waller's on-air appearances: from his first known broadcast in at age 19 to the final airing before his premature death in Author Stephen Taylor combines established material with fresh research, resulting in a wealth of new information.
The broadcasts, including tributes to Waller after his death, are covered in detail, featuring dates, times, songs played, and other artists who appeared on the program. Through descriptions from contemporary newspapers and magazines, accounts from individuals who were in attendance, and remarks by radio announcers from original transcripts, the book provides historical perspective and a clear sense of the character and feel of the broadcasts.
The book also offers a timechart of early sound recording and radio transcriptions, allowing easy comparison of Waller's presence in the field. Never before published photos and a thorough, accurate discography-including 78 and 45 rpm records, transcriptions, LPs, CDs, and DVDs-make this an important reference tool for fans of Fats Waller, jazz music, stride piano, black social history, and broadcast history.
Blue black bottom -- Handful of keys -- Numb fumblin' -- Ain't misbehavin' -- Sweet Savannah Sue -- I've got a feeling I'm falling -- Love me or leave me -- Gladyse -- Valentine stomp -- Waiting at the end of the road -- Baby, oh where can you be? Louis blues -- After you've gone -- African ripples -- Clothes line ballet -- Alligator crawl -- Viper's drag -- Keepin' out of mischief now -- Stardust -- Basin Street blues -- Tea for two -- I ain't got nobody -- Georgia on my mind -- Rockin' chair -- Carolina shout -- Honeysuckle Rose -- Ring dem bells N8 N Vocal Selections.
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Thomas Wright " Fats " Waller May 21, — December 15, was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, violinist, singer, and comedic entertainer. His best-known compositions, " Ain't Misbehavin' " and " Honeysuckle Rose ", were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in and Razaf described his partner as "the soul of melody It's possible he composed many more popular songs and sold them to other performers when times were tough. Waller started playing the piano at the age of six, and became a professional organist aged By the age of 18 he was a recording artist.
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