04/16/10

Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents Fats Waller Festival

Celebration of stride pianist/singer/composer to include performances by Judy Carmichael, Dick Hyman and Marcus Roberts

This weekend Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the legacy of Thomas “Fats” Waller, the noted stride pianist and entertainer who influenced several generations of jazz and pop musicians. The Fats Waller Festival will take place Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 and includes a concert performance both nights at the Rose Theater featuring the music of Fats Waller, with music director Andy Farber and host Ben Vereen. The band includes pianist Eric Lewis, bassist Ben Wolfe, guitarist Doug Wamble, and drummer Alvester Garnett. Along with Farber on saxophone, the horn section includes clarinetist and saxophonist Dan Block and trumpeter Jon-Grik Kellso.

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At the Allen Room on both nights, a triumvirate of Waller-influenced pianists will perform his music in a presentation called A Handful of Keys; Judy Carmichael, Dick Hyman and Marcus Roberts will do shows at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm.

In addition, Mark Ruffin of Sirius/XM’s jazz channel will be spotlighting the music and legacy of Waller with a show starting at 4 pm Eastern time on Real Jazz, Sirius channel 72 and XM channel 70. The show will include music from the Waller Songbook and interviews with Andy Farber and Judy Carmichael. Additionally, The Music of Fats Waller in Rose Theater will be broadcast live Saturday, April 17 at 8pm and Fats Waller: A Handful of Keys will be broadcast the following Saturday, April 24 at 8pm.

In a press release received at JT, Marcus Roberts said about Waller: “His impact on the music went beyond piano, beyond jazz- he’s an American institution.”

For schedule, information and tickets for the celebration, to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s web site.

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