Fats Waller

By: Greg Rowland

FATS WALLER (1904-43) lives in some impossible space between Paganini, St. Augustine, and James Brown. Tracks like “Handful of Keys” show Fats challenging Art Tatum in sublime stride-piano ostentation. But Waller was also fearlessly upfront […]

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Hilo Heroes, May 17-23


Happy Birthday, this week, to the following high-, low-, no-, and hilobrow heroes. More Hilo birthdays. MAY 17 Parisian composer ERIK SATIE (1866-1925) was the great-grandaddy of ambient music, the distant progenitor of Musak and […]

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