Happy Thursday, Urban Method folks! It seems so long since we’ve talked! I’m so glad to be back home in Colorado and really working on what we have coming next for you all! But now, for a little music history.
On this day in 1943, jazz piano great Fats Waller died an untimely death from pneumonia. The first time I ever knew of Fats was in the movie Stormy Weather, in which he played a jazz club owner and performer, and performed his hit “Ain’t Misbehavin.” I always thought of him just as that funny man who raised his eyebrows a lot. Through the years, I discovered that he was an incredible piano player and composer, and set the standard for many pianists who came after him. And beyond that, he was a great entertainer. He could just play, but he would always add little witty quips into his performances. He made his playing look effortless, and he never seemed to take himself too seriously. He was a much sought after accompanist for many vocalists at the time, and remains one of my favorite musicians to this day. Here’s to you, Fats! See you on the other side!