This video clip is an excerpt of the movie Stormy Weather from 1943. ♫♫ See piano player Fats Waller playing his song Ain’t Misbehavin’. The Stormy Weather movie includes some other jazz artists as well: Cab Calloway, Benny Carter and Bill Bojangles Robinson, among others.
Unfortunately, Fats Waller died much to soon at age 39. Most people say that was because of his unwealthy life style, since Fats Waller drank a bottle of whisky a day, smoked some reefers and ate more than five hamburgers for lunch and dinner ♫.
It is remarkable to see that all people in the movie are black folks, the musicians as well as the visitors of the joint. That’s what jazz really was at that time: music played by black musicians for all black audiences, mostly in joints like the one in the film which frequently were located in zones of tolerance outside the city centers. White people entered the jazz scene when it began look like a good business opportunity.
Fats Waller was a very prolific composer and an excellent piano player. He wrote hundreds of songs, among them Honeysuckle Rose. However, many people don’t know this great jazz piano player and even jazz music fans ignore his existence ♫♫.