Tonight's Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz turns the spotlight on one of the most colourful characters in Jazz, Thomas Wright 'Fats' Waller, born 1904 and died at the tragically early age of 39, in 1943


Fats is best remembered by the general public for his hit single, 'My Very Good Friend the Milkman', which was regularly requested on the BBC Light Programme, and later Radio 2, in the days when the BBC cared about music.

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Fats was much more!

Harlem stride piano virtuoso, singer, entertainer, and composer of some of the American songbook evergreens, such as "Ain't Misbehavin'", "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Squeeze Me".

He was also a fine classical organist.

Tune in tonight at 9pm UK time (20:00 utc / gmt or 10pm European time).

The show is repeated on Thursday at 00:00 (23:00 GMT Wednesday)

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Saturday 29th September 2018 @ 3pm

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Admission: £12

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St John's Arts Centre

St John's Walk

Market Street

Old Harlow



CM17 0AJ

Harlow music lovers are in for a treat this autumn with an exciting series of traditional jazz and swing concerts set for the ARC (St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s walk, Market St. Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ). The season commences on Saturday 29th September at 3 pm with ex Harlow drummin’ man, John Petters Dixie Five and a programme of hot Dixieland.

Featured in the line-up will be star trumpeter, Gary Wood, clarinet and soprano saxophonist, Duncan Batchelor, piano professor, Martin Litton and Harlow’s own bass ace, Keith Donald.

Admission is just £12. Get there early – for this is guaranteed to be a concert to remember for those lucky enough to attend.

Both Petters and Donald recorded a new CD with the swing violinist Ben Holder and guitarist Jim Douglas, which came about as a result of the exciting gig at the Arc in July. The CD will be released in October.


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Tonight's show features a couple of live radio broadcasts from the famous "this is Jazz" programmes from 1947.

Presented by author and critic Rudi Blesch, whose book, "Shining Trumpets" is a classic piece of jazz critique, the show put together some of the greatest Chicago and New Orleans players active on the scene.


The first broadcast is from April 1947 and features guests, James P Johnson, Sidney Bechet and Bob Wilber, along with the regular line-up of Wild Bill Davison, cornet (this is his first appearance on the show, having taken over from Muggsy Spanier), Albert Nicholas, clarinet, George Brunies, trombone, Danny Barker, guitar, James P Johnson, piano, Pops Foster, bass and baby Dodds, drums.

The second show focuses on the great Satchmo, Louis Armstrong. Art Hodes is the guest piano player on this date.

Listen live tonight at 9pm UK time (20:00 gmt / utc 22:00 European time). Repeated Thursday morning at midnight, (23:00 gmt /utc, 01:00 European time).

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A series of boxed 2 CD sets of the complete series ofv these importan broadcasts are available from Jazzology records. Buy the CD Here

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