One of the most successful entertainers of his generation, Fats Waller laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano. He is credited with composing over 400 songs, including "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose."
In 1926, after leaving the Sherman Hotel in Chicago, Waller was kidnapped by four burly men. He was taken to Al Capone's Hawthorne Inn, where he was ordered to play for the famous mob boss's birthday celebration.
Pops was the first superstar of jazz music.
Jazz pianist and vocalist extradanaire.
Born in New Orleans with roots in ragtime and the blues.
European tradition reimagined by African American artists.
The dominant form of American dance music for over a decade.
Black musical tradition is a part of its core.
The progeny of spirituals and cousin to the blues.
A blend of African-American oral and musical traditions.