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I just finished a six week intensive look at the history of jazz. My ears are still buzzing with excitement about an amazing musical movement that started in the United States. I’ve spent a lot of time living outside of the States and seeking inspiration from other countries almost to the point of rejecting any American Music but now I have been reminded of what a rich musical history the United States has. I plan on paying homage to many of these amazing jazzers over the next few months. So first I want to acknowledge Fats Waller “a father of stride piano” and extremely entertaining entertainer. Stride piano heavily influenced the first jazz.