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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

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Albums

Fats Waller on the Air 1938 Broadcasts
Fats Waller on the...
Tai Ping
2010
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Fats Waller: If You Got To Ask, You Ain't Got It!
Fats Waller: If You...
Bluebird
2006
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The Essential...
Igloo
2006
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Classic Jazz Archive:...
Igloo
2004
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The Centennial Edition
Igloo
2004
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The Centennial Collection
The Centennial...
Bluebird
2004
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