Art Tatum

Born 13 October 1909. Died 5 November 1956
Art Tatum
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1909-10-13
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Art Tatum

Art Tatum Biography (BBC)

The most prodigiously gifted pianist in the history of jazz, Art Tatum also lived the jazz life - crammed with after hours jam sessions, cutting contests, and plenty of nights spent drinking and playing until dawn. Despite a robust constitution (although he was partially blind) Tatum's lifestyle caught up with him in the end, and he died prematurely from kidney failure, although he was still playing at a formidably high level until shortly before his death.

His basic style was developed from that of Fats Waller, but his brilliant rapid runs from one extreme of the keyboard to another, and his ability to vary tempo, key, passing harmonies, and the underlying beat, made him the complete solo pianist. His skill was such that at times it sounded almost as if two pianists were playing on his recordings.

He grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and by his late teens was playing all around town, as well as broadcasting on a local network. In the early 1930s he worked as part of an accompanying piano duet for singer Adelaide Hall, but by 1933 had launched his solo career both in live performance and on disc. Thereafter he mainly split his time between the East and West coasts of the United States, often working on 52nd Street in New York at the Three Deuces, the Downbeat or the Famous Door, or at various clubs in the Central Avenue or Hollywood areas of Los Angeles.

From time to time he toured or recorded with a trio, using guitar and bass as the other instruments. Tatum never fully embraced bebop himself, but his use of passing harmonies and the speed of his playing were major influences on the development of modern jazz. His remarkable body of final recordings, both as a soloist and in group settings, were the result of his association with the producer Norman Granz, who released the results on his Verve label, and did much to preserve Tatum's legacy for posterity.

Art Tatum Biography (Wikipedia)

Arthur Tatum Jr. (, October 13, 1909 – November 5, 1956) was an American jazz pianist.

Tatum is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. His performances were hailed for their technical proficiency and creativity, which set a new standard for jazz piano virtuosity. Critic Scott Yanow wrote, "Tatum's quick reflexes and boundless imagination kept his improvisations filled with fresh (and sometimes futuristic) ideas that put him way ahead of his contemporaries."

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Get Happy
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Get Happy
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Tea For Two
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Tea For Two
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Tiger Rag
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Tiger Rag
Antonín Dvořák
Humoresque, Op.101 No.7
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Humoresque, Op.101 No.7
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Three Little Words
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Three Little Words
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More Than You Know
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More Than You Know
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Some Other Spring
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Some Other Spring
Ann Ronnell
Willow Weep for Me
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Willow Weep for Me
Ann Ronell
Willow weep for me
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Willow weep for me
George Gershwin
Someone To Watch Over Me
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Someone To Watch Over Me
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I Got Rhythm
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I Got Rhythm
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Humoresque (after Dvorak)
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Humoresque (after Dvorak)
George Gershwin
I Got Rhythm
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I Got Rhythm
Arthur Johnston
Moon Song
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Moon Song
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In The Middle Of A Kiss
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In The Middle Of A Kiss
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She's Funny That Way
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She's Funny That Way
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Runnin’ Wild
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Runnin’ Wild
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Willow Weep For Me
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Willow Weep For Me
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Sweet Lorraine
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Sweet Lorraine
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Humoresque
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Humoresque
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The Kerry Dance
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The Kerry Dance
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Body and Soul
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Body and Soul
Ben Webster
My One And Only Love
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My One And Only Love
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Deep Night
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Deep Night
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Stompin' At The Savoy
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Stompin' At The Savoy

Stompin' At The Savoy

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Jesse Stone
Idaho
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Idaho
Harold Arlen
Over the Rainbow
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Over the Rainbow
Harold Arlen
Over the Rainbow
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Over the Rainbow
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St. Louis Blues
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St. Louis Blues
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Humoreske for wind quintet
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Humoreske for wind quintet
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Cocktails For Two
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Cocktails For Two
Richard Rodgers
'Blue Moon'
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'Blue Moon'
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Dancing In The Dark
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Dancing In The Dark
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You Took Advantage Of Me
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You Took Advantage Of Me
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