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Fats Waller and his OrchestraThere may have been confusion within the original Red Hot Jazz Archive about this group. It seems likely these sides were actually labeled Fats Waller, his Rhythm and his Orchestra
ddd discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Hold My Hand
(Fats Waller / J.C. Johnson
4-12-1938 New York, New York Victor
I Got Rhythm
(Ira Gershwin / George Gershwin)
12-4-1935 New York, New York Victor
Inside 4-12-1938 New York, New York Victor
In the Gloaming
(A.F. Harrison)
4-12-1938 New York, New York Victor
I Simply Adore You
(Paul Mann / Ned Weaver)
4-12-1938 New York, New York Victor
Let’s Break the Good News
(Joseph M. Davis / Paul Denniker)
4-12-1938 New York, New York Victor
(Duke Ellington / Irving Mills / Henry Nemo)
4-12-1938 New York, New York Victor
The Sheik Of Araby
(Smith / Wheeler / Snyder)
4-12-1938 New York, New York Victor
You Had an Evening To Spare 4-12-1938 New York, New York Victor

Fats Waller and his Orchestra

Artist Instrument
William Alsop Alto Saxophone
Herman Autrey Trumpet
Bob Carroll Tenor Saxophone
Al Casey Guitar
Don Donaldson Alto Saxophone
Hank Duncan Alto Saxophone
John Haughton Trombone
John Hamilton Trumpet
Alex Hill Piano
Slick Jones Drums
Emmett Matthews Alto Saxophone
Benny Morton Soprano Saxophone
James Powell Alto Saxophone
George Robinson Trombone
Charlie Turner Bass
Eugene “Honey Bear” Sedric Tenor Saxophone, bClarinet
Lonnie Simmons Tenor Saxophone
Fred Skerritt Alto Saxophone
Cedric Wallace Bass
Fats Waller Piano, Vocals
Nat Williams Trumpet


A special thanks to Mike Donovanfor his help with the recordings on this page. was a pioneering website during the "Information wants to be Free" era of the 1990s. In that spirit we are recovering the lost data from the now defunct site and sharing it with you.
Most of the music in the archive is in the form of MP3s hosted on or the French servers of where this music is all in the public domain.
Files unavailable from those sources we host ourselves. They were made from original 78 RPM records in the hands of private collectors in the 1990s who contributed to the original They were hosted as .ra files originally and we have converted them into the more modern MP3 format. They are of inferior quality to what is available commercially and are intended for reference purposes only. In some cases a Real Audio (.ra) file from will download. Don't be scared! Those files will play in many music programs, but not Windows Media Player.

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