Jazz Series

Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party featuring Meshell Ndegeocello

Friday, September 6, 2013, 8:00 pm
Downtown Home & Garden/Bill's Beer Garden/Mark's Carts

Jason Moran, piano and keyboards
Meshell Ndegeocello, bass and vocals
Tarus Mateen, bass
Charles Haynes, drums
Leron Thomas, trumpet and vocals
Joshua Roseman, trombone
Lisa E. Harris, vocals
Organic Magnetics featuring choreography by Maija Garcia
Post-concert set by DJ alvin hill

Season-Opening Celebration!

Please call our ticket office at 734-764-2538 for up-to-date ticket availability information.

General admission standing-room ticket. Limited bleacher-style seating in the barn, as well as picnic table seating in Bill’s Beer Garden and Mark’s Carts, all available on a first come, first serve basis.

UMS celebrates the opening of its 2013-2014 season and legendary jazz pianist, composer, and entertainer Fats Waller with a down-home neighborhood party at Ann Arbor’s historic Downtown Home & Garden barn (originally built by the Hertler Bros. in 1906). Regional and local draft beers and wine from adjoining Bill’s Beer Garden and fresh, ethnic dishes from the eight food carts of Mark’s Carts (in the courtyard) will complement pianist, bandleader, and MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran and the renowned bassist and vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello in their 21st-century interpretation of Fats Waller’s songbook. This is how Fats Waller would groove if he were with us in 2013.

Moran and Ndegeocello break down Waller’s melodies and riffs, with the band “buil[ding] on those fragments, in rhythms coming out of 1960s-and-beyond dance music: Motown, house, hip-hop.” (The New York Times)

This event will happen rain or shine. Ticket price does not include food, beer, or wine.

Honeysuckle rose
Jingo ba – olatunji / yacht club swing
Ain’t misbehavin’
Ain’t nobody’s bizness
Two sleepy people
Handful of keys
fats riff- with drums –
Jitterbug waltz
Sheik of Arabs / I’ve got a new baby
joint is jumpin.
Program Book [PDF]

Also see
Jason Moran website

The triple-crown winner in the 59th Annual Critics Poll for jazz artist, jazz album, and pianist of the year,Jason Moran is a pianist, composer, and bandleader who mines a variety of musical styles to create genre-crossing jazz performances. He is also the Kennedy Center’s Artistic Advisor for Jazz.

Meshell Ndegeocello is a singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Ndegeocello recently released her 10th studio album, Pour une âme souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”), a dedication to fellow musician Nina Simone.

This performance is a UMS debut for the Fats Waller Dance Party ensemble. For Jason Moran, the performance is the third appearance under UMS auspices. He made his UMS debut in November 2008 and most recently performed at UMS in April 2012. We welcome Meshell Ndegeocello for her UMS debut.