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Jazz at Lincoln Center's Fats Waller Festival


The Fats Waller Festival, celebrating Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller, known as one of the most ingenious of all stride pianists, an exceptional composer and a gifted entertainer with a relentless sense of humor, includes two nights of sensational music and a Pre-Concert Festival of live music, food and beverage samples, and more providing an excellent opportunity for guests to mingle, hear great music, and contribute to an acclaimed cultural institution.

The Fats Waller Festival brings back the spirit of the riotous music of the funniest figure in all of American music, Fats Waller himself. The spirit of the pudgy prankster lives on through a talented cast of singers, pianists, and other musicians.

Pre-concert Festival

WHEN:   April 16-17, 2010 at 6:30pm-8:00pm & 8:45pm-9:30pm
WHERE:   The Atrium
WHO:  Jazz at Lincoln Center along with other local businesses and organizations will be offering YOU a FREE pre-concert festival featuring live music, food, and beverage samples, and more.

The Music of Fats Waller

WHEN:  April 16-17, 2010 at 8:00pm
WHERE:  Rose Theater
WHO:  Under the musical direction of composer, arranger, and saxophonist Andy Farber, a cast of musicians will re-animate the theatrical side of the Fats Waller Songbook.  Entertainer, singer, dancer, and performer Ben Vereen will serve as host and perform.  The rhythm section includes pianist Eric Lewis, bassist Ben Wolfe, guitarist Doug Wamble, and drummer Alvester Garnett.  Along with Andy Farber on saxophone, the horn section includes clarinetist and saxophonist Dan Block and trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso.

Fats Waller: A Handful of Keys

WHEN:  April 16-17, 2010 at 7:30pm & 9:30pm
WHERE:  The Allen Room
WHO:  Veteran stride masters Dick Hyman, Judy Carmichael, and Marcus Roberts join forces to explore the Harlem stride style that Waller made famous.

Tickets are available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office on Broadway at 60th St., by calling CenterCharge at 212-721-6500 or via Box Office hours: Mon-Sat, 10 am-6 pm, Sun 12pm-6pm.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • Press Release Date: April 16-17, 2010
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