Fred Astaire: Jazz Pianist

SOURCE: Published:
At his dancing best, Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
1899 - 1987
had the grace and cunning of a fencer. His swing-era manner, daring routines and silky steps still captivate. Less well known (or too easily forgotten) was Astaire's ability as a pianist. His keyboard moments in film are easily overlooked because his ballroom moves steal the show. 

Here are three clips from movies that feature brief interludes of Astaire pounding the ivories—thanks to JazzWax reader John Cooper...

From Follow the Fleet (1936)...

From Let's Dance (1950)...

From Roberta (1935)...

Continue Reading...

This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
Copyright © 2015. All rights reserved.

Shop For Jazz Music at...

comments powered by Disqus


Sponsor: Berks Jazz Fest | PURCHASE TICKETS

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.
Email Local Jazz Events!

Email Local Jazz Events

News Search

or search site with Google