Tag: Fats Waller

Frankie & Norma dancing the Peabody

Frankie Manning & Norma Miller dancing the Peabody, at Herrang 1997
Video of the Week #012

Named after New York policeman Lieutenant William Peabody, this brisk dance developed in the ragtime era of the 1910s and 1920s. With long gliding strides and a few syncopation's, you travel around the floor (similar to the foxtrot). When the floor gets crowded or you are just feeling playful, this is a fun dance to bust out!

This clip shows the legendary Frankie Manning, dancing with the amazing Norma Miller and doing the Peabody, the way it was danced back at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem NY. This was filmed at the famous Herrang Swing Dance Camp, in 1997. Frankie was then just 83 years young and Norma was a sprightly 78!!

The song is "Crazy Bout My Baby" by Fats Waller.

Skye & Naomi at Uptown Swing

Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama perform at Uptown Swing
Video of the Week #007

A couple of world renowned Swing dance teachers, performing at a social event for Boston based dance company, Uptown Swing. Also performing are the great Gordon Webster and his band.

We love this video clip because it has lot of lovely little bits all the way throughout the dance, without trying to be flash or fast or energetic ... just full of joy!

The song is "Crazy Bout My Baby" by Fats Waller.

All That Meat And No Potatoes

All That Meat And No Potatoes - Fats Waller, 1940s
Song Of The Week #003

Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer, whose innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano.

His best-known compositions, "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose", were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1984 and 1999.

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