Want to get this joint jumpin'?
Then jump right into the 2013 Jazz in July festival with the man whose popularity brought stride piano to the whole world. Writer of hundreds of songs like “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Honeysuckle Rose,” he was a charismatic entertainer, and one the most influential jazz pianists ever.
Bill Charlap, piano
Carol Woods, vocals
Anat Cohen, clarinet
Randy Sandke, trumpet
Rossano Sportiello, piano
Todd Coolman, bass
Willie Jones, III, drums
Join us for more Jazz! This event can be purchased as part of a 2-concert, 4-concert or 6-concert package.
Jazz in July is partially endowed by a generous gift from Simona and Jerome A. Chazen.
Fats Waller performing “Aint Misbehavin’,” in a clip from Stormy Weather, 1943.
Fats Waller performing “This Joint is Jumpin’” (on a grand piano!), from a short film, 1941.
Fats Waller performing “Your Feet’s Too Big,” from a short film, 1941.
Fats Waller is the center of one of the funniest—and most infamous—stories in jazz history. Here it is told by Nancy Caldwell Sorel in The Independent of London:
One evening Fats felt a revolver poked into his paunchy stomach. He found himself bullied into a black limousine, heard the driver ordered to East Cicero. Sweat pouring down his body, Fats foresaw a premature end to his career, but on arrival at a fancy saloon, he was merely pushed toward a piano and told to play. He played. Loudest in applause was a beefy man with an unmistakable scar: Al Capone was having a birthday, and he, Fats, was a present from “the boys".
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