Saturday, May 8, 2004 - Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey
Funded by the Friends of the Rutgers University Libraries
and presented by the Institute of Jazz Studies, this day-long event
featured live music, lectures, and film in celebration of the
life and music of Thomas
(Fats) Waller (1904-43), pianist, organist,
singer, composer, bandleader and entertainer. Waller’s legacy
is alive on his hundreds of recordings and handful of appearances on
film, and in his many songs.
Performers at this event included pianists Ray
Bryant and Mike
Grosz appearing together with Randy Reinhardt on the trumpet.
Speakers were Waller experts
Borowsky (see page 6 of pdf pages) and Bob
Pinsker. In addition, Dan
Morgenstern, Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies,
hosted a showing of Waller on film.