This musical retrospective is a look at the career of Fats Waller, an incomparable jazz musician and comedian who started entertaining folks at the tender age of 10.
This Joint Is Jumpin' celebrates the exemplary life and work of the greatest of jazz entertainers. Fats started playing church organ at age 10 and his all-action musical career ended, full speed ahead, at the age of 39. He had written probably 950 to a thousand tunes, many of them sold for "beer-money" to greedy music publishers. He had touched a whole generation of fellow musicians with his extraordinary piano style, notably the strong left hand of stride. He had played classics, the Three Bs (Bach, Beethoven & Brahms) at Carnegie Hall. This documentary features his son, Maurice Waller, and Eddie Barefield and Marshal Royal, fellow musicians. Sammy Price and Paul Machlin talk about stride and Andy Razaf's widow, Jean Hutson, remembers him.
Comedians / Comediennes |
Jazz Legends |
Jazz Musicians |
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