Article: Mark Shane pays tribute to Fats Waller

My latest article for The Island Packet newspaper on Hilton Head Island, SC, is about pianist Mark Shane:

If you play pool, do it like Minnesota Fats. If you say, “Hey, hey, hey,” do it like Fat Albert. And if you play stride piano, you’d best do it like Fats Waller.

Fans of the stride piano — and of Waller’s infectious music — are in for a rare treat when pianist Mark Shane comes to the Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island to pay tribute to Waller.

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David “Fathead” Newman

Multi-instrumentalist David “Fathead” Newman died on Tuesday. He was a charter member of Ray Charles’s band and forever associated with Charles. I interviewed David on the day Ray Charles died, and it was a very emotional experience. Now Fathead is gone, too. He was a musician’s musician, and by all accounts and my own experience, a first-rate human being.

Here’s a link to an obituary.

NYC Second Line

My very good friend Satoru Ohashi is playing trumpet in this video, recorded Nov. 30, 2008 in New York City: