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Friday May 13, 2011

From NPR

Jason Moran Takes Fats Waller Back to the Club
By: Janaya Williams

In Depression-era New York jazz clubs, “Fats” Waller was known for getting the party jumping. Now, musicians Jason Moran and Me’Shell Ndegeocello are collaborating on a new project that transforms Waller’s rollicking stride piano style into contemporary dance music.

Like so many ideas, this one started with a conversation. Moran was hashing out ideas with his wife and frequent collaborator, Alicia.

“My wife and I were talking about what things I have not done that could be interesting,” Moran says. “My wife was like, ‘You need to have people dance.’”

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