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Music shopping for Thomas (Fats) Waller

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After the Museum we found our way to Soho. I was looking in vain for the Italian restaurant where I had had the most scrumptious cream donut, but after about an hour of searching with no luck we gave up. We did find an Italian cafe in any case, but they didn’t sell the donut I was looking for so I settled for a mint and chocolate icecream that was very refreshing. We resolved that next time we come to London we really must remember to bring our A-Z map with us. However one good thing about getting lost was that you find things you didn’t plan to. Such as music shops. There was a little shop specialising in just Saxophones! It was already closed by the time we reached it, but it was still a feast to the eyes to just stare from the street through the shop window. There were colours of saxophones that I had never seen before. They even had miniature sized saxophones made especially for children, that were so cute. The prices of the Saxophones sat at around £3,000 so they were not cheap.

A couple of shops down the road was a music store selling music score that was open. They had a section on jazz, and I was over the moon to find a book on Thomas Fats Waller’s piano pieces. The collection includes: Ain’t Misbehavin’; Find Out What They Like And How They Like It; Girl Of My Dreams; Handful Of Keys; Honeysuckle Rose; How Ya Baby; I Can’t Give You Anything But Love; Lookin’ Good But Feelin’ Bad; My Very Good Friend The Milkman; ‘Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-Ness If I Do; The Joint Is Jumpin’; (What Did I Do To Be So) Black And Blue; Your Feet’s Too Big.


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