Fats Waller Show

Image of CD coverBlack Swan Classic Jazz Band presents COOKIN' WITH FATS, a special concert (also available on CD) featuring the music of the great FATS WALLER.

Are Your Feet's Too Big? Feelin' Black and Blue? Is your event Lookin' Good But Feelin' Bad? Is life just generally Fat and Greasy?

You'll be Keepin' Out of Mischief Now with the Black Swan Classic Jazz Band and a special program featuring the music of FATS WALLER.

Favorites like Ain't Misbehavin', Honeysuckle Rose and Jitterbug Waltz are effectively mixed with rarely heard Waller gems such as Cash for Your Trash and songs by other composers made popular by FATS.

TRIVIA QUESTION: What was the first published song by Fats Waller?

ANSWER: Squeeze Me... written when Fats was only 15 years old!

All of the tunes in COOKIN' WITH FATS have been specially arranged by the Black Swan Classic Jazz Band to provide a program of HUMOR, HOT JAZZ, BALLADS, NOVELTY TUNES, VARIETY and GREAT MUSIC!!

Fats was the 'master' jazz pianist of his day, and the Black Swan's own 'master', John Bennett, captures the Waller wizardry in a number of piano features. Vocalists Marilyn Keller, John Bennett and Steve Matthes (clarinet) bring out the CHARM, SLY WIT, and DOUBLE ENTENDRES of the clever Waller vocals. The Black Swan Classic Jazz Band ensemble led by trumpeter Ernie Carbajal and driven by drummer Ron Leach SWING like the best of Fats' jazz groups. Coupled with leader Kit Johnson's (tuba) announcing and commentary on the life and music of Fats Waller, COOKIN' WITH FATS provides a great evening (or afternoon) of EDUCATION, ENTERTAINMENT and HOT JAZZ!