Some Things Get Easier
Dan Morgenstern once remarked to me that whenever he heard a recording by Louis Armstrong or Fats Waller it was sure to bring a smile to his face. I agree. This clip was one of the reasons I used to comb through the TV Guide each week (before the days of VHS, DVD and YouTube) to see when the next viewing of “Stormy Weather” would be shown on WPIX-TV in New York just to catch a glimpse of the great Waller. The musicians are Benny Carter (tp), Alton Moore (tb), Gene Porter (cl), Irving Ashby (g), Slam Stewart (b) and Zutty Singleton (d). Ada Moore sings and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson dances a bit and waits on tables!
- Scott Wenzel