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Fats Waller

Born: May 21, 1904 | Died: December 15, 1943    Primary Instrument: Piano

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...
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As a Leader

The Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1
JSP
2007


Complete Victor Piano Solos
Definitive
2006


The Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: A Handful of Keys
JSP
2006


If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got It!
Bluebird
2006


The Centennial Collection [RCA]
RCA
2004


Associated Transcription Sessions, 1935-1939
Jazz Unlimited
2001


The Very Best of Fats Waller [Collectors' Choice]
Collectors' Choice Music
2000


Ain't Misbehavin' [ASV/Living Era]
ASV/Living Era
1995


Last Testament: His Final Recording
Drive Archive
1943

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