The Legendary Fats Waller voted #1 Harlem Renaissance Musician 2013!

The Bear Creek community has voted Fats Waller as their favorite Harlem Renaissance musician at our 6th Annual Harlem Renaissance Party!  We danced and jumped and all around boogied to the tunes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Fats Waller.  After a good spread of tunes representing our nominees for the year the families voted on which performing artist tickled their toes the most.  The votes were close.  Ella came in as runner up with 26 votes and Fats Waller won with 27 votes!  Hope you can join us next year!    For more on Fats Waller click read more.

Fats Waller
Born: May 21, 1904 in New York, New York, United States
Died: December 15, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Nationality: American
Waller's musical talents came about at an early age.  He was first engaged in music by accompanying his mother in the choir.  His musical ability shined through even further after beginning piano lessons at the age of six.  Waller showed an uncanny knack for learning songs by listening to them just a few times. 
By 1918 Waller embraced the musical education he discovered outside of school. Waller began working at the Lincoln Theater in Harlem which was a movie and vaudeville theater. Waller honed his craft under the tutelage of James P. Johnson, an acknowledged king of stride piano (a style of jazz that grew out of ragtime that required a great deal of technique and creativity). He led small band and made hundreds of recordings, achieving considerable commercial success by blend of jazz and comic manner.  He composed songs including "Honeysuckle Rose," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Squeeze Me," "Blue Turning Grey Over You."
For even more information click Databases > click on Biography>  click on Biography in Context>  put in your Library Card number (If prompted to )> search for Fats Waller. 

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