St Louis Blues
by W C Handy, arranged by Fats Waller,
reprint of the 1928 Alfred edition.
This is a new printing on sturdy 105 pound acid-free paper. 8 pages. All
markings are original. There are capsule biographies
of Handy and Waller, photos, and notes on the music. Highest
quality. Quality guaranteed. Size of music is 9.5" x 12.5"
This Is Newly Printed Music
William Christopher Handy
(1873-1958), known as the “Father of the Blues,” composed
this, his sixth composition and his second blues tune, in 1914. Known best
for “St. Louis Blues,” “Memphis Blues,” “Yellow
Dog Blues,” and “Beale Street Blues,” this tune became and
remains his most popular work.
Because Fats Waller has always been known as one of the great
jazz pianists and song writers, it is little known that his career began as
an organist and that he attained his greatest musical satisfaction playing
the theatre and church organ.
Thomas Wright Waller
was born on May 21, 1904, in New York City,
the son of a minister of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. He could play by ear at the age of five.
At age 15, against the wishes of his parents, he visited the Lincoln Theatre
in Harlem to watch a movie. He was so fascinated by the piano and organ music
that he forgot about the movie. (Does this sound familiar?) Although he had an
impeccable ear, Fats studied with piano teachers such as James P. Johnson.
He was also a teacher himself, providing advice and lessons to a young
William “Bill” Basie (later known as “Count”) on playing
the organ. Fats preferred a non-legato touch with steady rhythm.
There are few registration changes needed except contrasting solo stops and
accompaniment with ensemble unison stops. The music is easy but you may need
pay close attention to the style to get the right feeling; this does not come
quickly for some.