Monday, July 28, 2014


Face the Music 7/31/14:  Fats Waller - Marvels 



Georgia on my Mind
piano solo 1941

Swaltzing with Faust
piano solo 1939

Rockin' Chair
Piano solo 1941

Intermezzo
piano solo 1939

Honeysuckle Rose
(a la Bach/Beethoven/Brahms/Waller)
piano solo 1941

Dry Bones
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1940

Ring Dem Bells
piano solo 1941

The Bells of San Raquel
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1941

Poor Butterfly
piano solo 1939

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
organ solo 1939

Jitterbug Waltz
Fats Waller, his Rhythm  & Orchestra 1942

Let's Get Away From It All
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1941

Scram!
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1940

Pantin' in the Panther Room
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1941

Pantin' in the Panther Room
(rare alternate take)
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1941

Mamacita
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1941

Everybody Loves My Baby
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1940

Twenty Four Robbers
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1941

Monday, July 21, 2014

Face the Music 7.24.14
Rhythm & Romance: Studies in Relationship Dynamics
followed by a Rambunctious set of Puerile Regressions

Rhythm and Romance
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1935

All My Life
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

S’posin’
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

You’ve Been Reading My Mail
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1937

The Panic Is On
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

The Curse of an Aching Heart
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

I Just Made Up With That Old Gal of Mine
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

To a Sweet Pretty Thing
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

Bye Bye Baby
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

There Goes My Attraction
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

My Mommy Sent Me to the Store
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1940

I Love to Whistle
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1938

Buckin’ the Dice
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1941

A Tisket, A Tasket
Fats Waller & his Continental Rhythm 1938

Shortnin’ Bread
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1941

Eep, Ipe, Wanna Piece-a Pie
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1940

Patty Cake, Patty Cake
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1938

Hey! Stop Kissin’ My Sister
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1940

Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

Handful of Keys
Fats Waller solo piano broadcast transcription 1939

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Face the Music 7.17.14
Lounging at the Waldorf
broadcast in spite of the
capitalistic/cultural haemmorhage
surrounding the ann arbor art fairs

Hallelujah, I’m a Bum
Fats Waller singing
while accompanying himself
on the organ 1939

Abercrombie Had a Zombie
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1940

B Flat Blues
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1939

She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Moutnain
Fats Waller singing
while accompanying himself
on the organ 1939

Suitcase Susie
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1939

She’s Tall, She’s Tan, She’s Terrific
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1937

Us on a Bus
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood Mama)
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1939

Let’s Sing Again
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

Beat It Out
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1937

Lounging at the Waldorf
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

You Asked For It – You Got It
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1939

Marie
Fats Waller, his Rhythm & Orchestra 1938

Fat and Greasy
Fats Waller, his Rhythm & Orchestra 1936

Darktown Strutter’s Ball
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1939

The Joint is Jumpin’
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1937

Chant of the Groove
Fats Waller, his Rhythm & Orchestra 1941

Havin’ a Ball
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1941

Floatin’ Down to Cotton Town
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936


Wednesday, July 9, 2014



When Fats Waller visited London in the late 1930s, he composed a piano suite inspired by the places he saw.
This week's program will open with these impressions, followed by highlights from the same portion of his brief but incredibly prolific recording career. His 1939 rendition of Vincent Youmans' "Hallelujah" is among my personal favorites.


Face the Music 7/10/14
featuring Fats Waller’s London Suite

Piccadilly
Chelsea
Soho
Bond Street
Limehouse
Whitechapel
solo piano 1939

Loch Lomond
piano & vocal 1939

St. Louis Blues
Hallelujah
solo piano broadcast transcriptions 1939

Hallelujah! Things Look Rosy Now
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1936

You Look Good To Me
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1938

I Simply Adore You
Fats Waller, his Rhythm & Orchestra 1938

Remember Who You’re Promised To
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1939

Ain’t Misbehavin’
Fats Waller & his Continental Rhythm 1938

Abdullah
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1939

The Sheik of Araby
Fats Waller, his Rhythm & Orchestra 1938

Black Maria
Fats Waller, his Rhythm & Orchestra 1940

Skrontch
Fats Waller, his Rhythm & Orchestra 1938

The Moon is Low, Part II
Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1939