Jazz Playlist: Oh, Sweet Baby-Fats Waller

Satisfactory Essays
Robert Shaw
Dr. Jeremy Brown
Music 108:
14 May 2014
Jazz Playlist
Oh! Baby, Sweet Baby - Fats Waller
Originally released in 1941 and written by Ed Kirkeby with Fats on Piano and vocals under the Bluebird label. Fats Waller was well on his way to success in just about everything he touched. His music included hits such as “Ain’t Misbehaven” and “Honeysuckle Rose.” Along with music Mr. Waller was a comedian and actor. One of his credits was Stormy Weather with Lena Horne. While his acting career started to excel Mr. Waller became ill with pneumonia and died on a train returning to Kansas City. Among the many talented artists of his time Mr. Waller played with Coleman Hawkins in a group called “The Chocolate Dandies.” Mr. Waller’s vocals tell a story and add character to the composition. Mainly a piano yet but adds a muted trumpet starting at 1:34 to accent his vocals.
Body And Soul - Coleman Hawkins
Having learned the piano and cello early as a child Coleman turned to the Saxophone at the age of nine. By the time he was fourteen he was playing in gigs all around Kansas. Coleman’s first band was with Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds and played fulltime for a year. While playing for Ms. Smith, Coleman met other notable musicians including Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, and Herb Flemming. Coleman introduced the tenor saxophone at a time when the sax was not popular among Jazz Musicians and was called the “Father of the Tenor Saxophone”. Coleman moved from Ms. Smith’s Jazz hounds to the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra until 1934. Mr. Coleman went on to establish his own big band and played with Thelonious Monk. Mr. Hawkins progressively moves the chords higher expanding the range then slowly m...

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... Milt Jackson Quartet and was a side project of Dizzy Gillespie’s band.
Midnight Walk - Arif Mardin
A Turkish-American record producer who also composed, arranged, and played with many legendary artists. There truly a genre that Mr. Mardin was not able to work with. In 1969 Midnight Walk was released by Atlantic records and written by Mr. Mardin. His other notable artists included: The Bee Gees, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, and Norah Jones to name a few.
Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
Written and sung by Ms. Jones in 2002 for her debut album of the same title. Arif Mardin set the string arrangement and produced Ms. Jones album. Ms. Jones is by the far the youngest of the artists listed above, yet, has earned her way into the jazz history books selling more than 50 million albums and receiving nine Grammy Awards. Ms. Jones vocals are reminiscent of Billie Holiday.
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