“Then I’ll Be Tired of You”: Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane, Fats Waller

In its original form, Then I’ll Be Tired of You is the quintessential catchy popular song from America’s jazz age. The composer Arthur Schwartz (1900-1984) wrote the song in 1934 with lyricist Yip Harburg. It was first recorded on August 9, 1934 by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra. The same year, the legendary jazz musician “Fats” Waller, exponent of the Harlem stride style of piano playing, made his own recording. Recordings by singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole followed; and Then I’ll Be Tired of You became a popular jazz standard.

Let’s listen to the unique ways in which this song is transformed in three jazz improvisations. First, we’ll hear Keith Jarrett’s poignant solo piano improvisation from a 1987 concert in Tokyo. In the spontaneity of the moment, Jarrett seems to become a vessel through which powerful cosmic forces work. The saxophonist John Coltrane included Then I’ll Be Tired of You on his 1963 album, Stardust. He is joined by Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Arthur Taylor (drums). “Fats” Waller’s recording returns to the song’s swinging, jazz age origins.

Keith Jarrett (1987)

John Coltrane (1963)

“Fats” Waller (1934)


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Featured Image: 1930s New York, photograph by Samuel Gottscho

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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