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Fats Waller

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller, although perhaps best known for his comic entertainment style, was a gifted jazz musician whose greatest contributions to music lay in his brilliant and virtuosic Harlem Stride piano compositions and poignant songwriting.

Thomas Wright Waller was born on May 21, 1904 in Harlem, New York – a city that was already well on its way to becoming the largest and most significant urban community of African-Americans in the northeast.

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