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Saturday June 04, 2016

From The Post and Courier
By Lindsey O’Laughlin

Moran wants you to get up and dance to Waller tunes

Famed stride pianist and jazz innovator Fats Waller died in 1943, but tonight, Spoleto Festival patrons can sample a taste of his larger-than-life persona when composer-pianist Jason Moran presents the Fats Waller Dance Party. Moran and his four-piece band will play a selection of Waller tunes adapted from his album, “All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller,” released in 2014. “What I try to go for in this is the energy of a Fats Waller performance,” Moran said. “It’s pretty vibrant. It takes us through a lot of emotions in a night.”

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