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  NPR's Jazz Profiles: Art Tatum
One of the greatest improvisers in jazz history, Art Tatum also set the standard for technical dexterity with his classic 1933 recording of "Tea for Two." Nearly blind, Tatum's artistic vision and ability made him an icon of jazz piano, a musician whose impact will be felt for generations to come.
While Tatum's skills were undeniable, his style continues to stir controversy on whether or not he was an "official" jazz musician.
Tatum's stay in New York was brief, and he returned to the Midwest, playing in Cleveland and Chicago for the mid-1930s.
www.npr.org /programs/jazzprofiles/archive/tatum.html   (875 words)

  Art Tatum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tatum recorded commercially from 1932 until near his death, though the predominately solo nature of his skills meant that recording opportunities were somewhat intermittent.
Tatum recorded for Decca (1934-41), Capitol (1949, 1952) and for the labels associated with Norman Granz (1953-56).
Art Tatum died in Los Angeles, California from the complications of uraemia (as a result of kidney failure), having indulged in excessive beer drinking since his teenage years.
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 Art Tatum - Verve Records
Art Tatum was born in Toledo, Ohio on October 13, 1909.
Art Tatum flourished during the Swing Era and was the highest-paid performer on New York’s famous Fifty-second Street, where he earned as much as $1,500 per week in the early Forties.
Tatum’s virtuosity is immediately apparent — he played the entire piano with dazzling speed and clarity of articulation — but it is only the beginning.
www.vervemusicgroup.com /artist.aspx?ob=pri&src=prd&aid=2714   (428 words)

 Art Tatum - MSN Encarta
Art Tatum (1909-1956), American jazz pianist, born in Toledo, Ohio.
Tatum had one of the most brilliant, dexterous techniques in the history of jazz, a swift, rhythmic style marked by a fluid right hand and a harmonically rich bass in the left hand.
Critics consider Tatum one of the greatest keyboard virtuosos of jazz.
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 Art Tatum News
TV legend Peter Falk was left humiliated when he saw the late Art Tatum perform, because his pals hid his false eye in the jazz legend's drink.
One of the most awestruck fans of the jazz pianist Art Tatum was the classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz, who heard the nearly blind Tatum play live in New York jazz clubs and collected his records.
Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, Count Basie and Duke Ellington are just some of the piano legends talked about by two living legends themselves -...
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 Art Tatum - Music Downloads - Online
Able to play stride, swing, and boogie-woogie with speed and complexity that could only previously be imagined, 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.
Born nearly blind, Tatum gained some formal piano training at the Toledo School of Music but was largely self-taught.
Art Tatum, who recorded for Decca throughout the 1930s and Capitol in the late '40s, starred at the Esquire Metropolitan Opera House concert of 1944 and appeared briefly in his only film in 1947, The Fabulous Dorseys (leading a jam session on a heated blues).
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 Art Tatum
Tatum could reharmonize a song instantly and he had perfect pitch.
Tatum didn't make a big impression on the public at large, during his life, because he preferred to play in clubs, rather than concerts.
Tatum often played solo, but he did form a trio in 1943 with bassist Slam Stewart and guitarist Tiny Grimes and did a series of recordings with other musicians in the 1950s.
airjudden.tripod.com /jazz/arttatum.html   (244 words)

 Art Tatum - Biography
Art Tatum was born Oct. 13, 1909 in Toledo, Ohio and despite being blind in one eye and only partially sighted in the other he became arguably the greatest jazz piano player who ever lived.
Tatum was more interested in the music of Fats Waller, which would be a strong influence on his music.
What really set Tatum apart was his amazing technical abilities which combined with his willingness to explore the imagined limitations of the orthodox keyboard which produced astonishing rhythmic and harmonic complexities.
www.duke.edu /~njh3/biography.html   (744 words)

 art-tatum Mp3 Albums Review   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Tatum's performances, especially with guitarist Everett Barksdale and bassist Slam Stewart, re-enforce the long held opinion that he is the greatest jazz piano virtuoso ever.
Art Tatum had a masterful skill for jazz piano soloing, which caused him to be admired by such legends as Duke Ellington and Vladimir Horowitz.
Art Tatum was a genius at the piano.
www.mp3-find.com /albums_review_art-tatum.asp   (2035 words)

 BBC - Radio 3 Jazz Profiles - Art Tatum
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.
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.
www.bbc.co.uk /radio3/jazz/profiles/art_tatum.shtml   (381 words)

 Art Tatum Biography : Oldies.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Even Fats Waller, an acknowledged master and someone to whom Tatum had listened on record in his own formative years, was aware of the phenomenal talent of the newcomer, reputedly declaring onstage - when he spotted Tatum in the audience - "God is in the house tonight".
Tatum's dazzling extemporizations on themes from jazz and the classics, but mostly from the popular songbook, became bywords and set standards few of his successors matched and none surpassed.
The word genius is often used carelessly but, in assessing Tatum and the manner in which he transformed ideas and the imagined limitations of the piano in jazz, any other word would be inadequate.
www.oldies.com /artist-biography/Art-Tatum.html   (689 words)

 Art Tatum : The Complete Capitol Recordings of Art Tatum <>
Tatum emerged on the New York scene in 1933.
But when Tatum inked his deal with Capitol Records in 1949, many devil's advocates had claimed his playing was too ornate, his imagination limited, his performances indifferent.
Tatum had learned to harness his power, and his Capitol recordings offer an earthly side that only accentuates his ethereal flurries.
www.inkblotmagazine.com /rev-archive/tatum.htm   (466 words)

 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Art Tatum
Despite seriously impaired vision (he was blind in one eye and had only partial sight in the other), Art Tatum received some formal piano training as a teenager at the Toledo School of Music and learned to read sheet music with the aid of glasses and by the Braille method.
Tatum acknowledged Fats Waller as his primary inspiration, with the popular radio pianist Lee Sims, whose interpretations contained many interesting harmonies, as an important secondary influence.
Tatum was playing professionally in Toledo by 1926 and performed on radio in 1929-30.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_tatum_art.htm   (449 words)

 SoundStage! Art Tatum - The Art Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 6
Jazz lovers are forever indebted to Norman Granz’s wise decision to record as much Art Tatum as possible before he passed away, much too early at the age of 47 in November, 1956.
Tatum was born nearly blind in 1909 and was mostly self taught.
However, since neither of those instruments were recorded as clearly as Tatum’s piano to begin with (keep in mind that this is a 1956 recording), there was only so much JVC could do to improve the sound.
www.soundstage.com /music/reviews/rev258.htm   (724 words)

 Art Tatum
Art was obviously feeling relaxed and ready to play, for when he was not ready or felt that he was being pushed he could be extremely unaccommodating when such a request was made.
Here was Tatum playing for a group of friends, playing whatever he pleased, playing as long as he pleased--this was the completely spontaneous, untrammeled, magnificently creative Tatum who could never be caught in a recording studio.
Tatum's creative genius was at white heat as he played through that California evening.
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 Art Tatum Music - Favorite Songs - Lyrics From   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Art Tatum was among the most extraordinary of all jazz musicians, a pianist with wondrous technique who could not only play ridiculously rapid lines with both hands (his 1933 s...
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 Blue Note Records
When a young Hank Jones first heard Art Tatum on radio, he was convinced that a trick record was being aired-one where two or even three pianists’ playing had been overlaid.
Tatum had a similarly incredulous effect even on those who went to his live appearances — he played so much piano that they couldn't believe what they were seeing.
The Definitive Art Tatum is a wonderful snapshot of Art Tatum's magnificent talent, comprised of selections from other Blue Note/Verve/Decca albums.
www.bluenote.com /detail.asp?SelectionID=10189   (513 words)

 YouTube - Art Tatum- Yesterdays
i have to say that i worship this video and art tatum as well, but some of the comments on classical music and pianists i wouldn't have expected from tatum lovers.
because tatum's playing is so complex i would have thought that some of you might have respect for it.
Tatum is the most amazing ever....learned to play piano by listening to the old " player piano " rolls....didn't know they were played by 2, 3 or sometimes 4 players...he was a genius....and does anyone know he was blind???
www.youtube.com /watch?v=Uzj6Q61h3oA   (709 words)

 Art Tatum - Bedeutung, Definition, Erklärung im netlexikon   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In der großen Öffentlichkeit erwarb Tatum sich aber nie allzu große Aufmerksamkeit.
Oscar Peterson soll, als er Tatum zum ersten Mal spielen hörte, geglaubt haben, dass da zwei Personen spielen.
Auch der Musiker, der Tatum vielleicht am meisten geprägt und inspiriert hat, Fats Waller, war begeistert von Tatum: Eines Abends spielte Waller in einem Nachtclub in dem auch Tatum zu Gast war.
www.lexikon-definition.de /Art-Tatum.html   (476 words)

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Tatum enjoys a reputation as a gifted instructor and "teacher of Black Belts." His forte is helping others reach their maximum potential through Kenpo karate.
Today Larrry Tatum is a 10th Degree Black Belt and is considered one of the foremost authorities on American Kenpo Karate.
Master Larry Tatum is the official spokesperson and co-founder for "Children at Risk", a non-profit organization.
www.ltatum.com /history.html   (380 words)

 African American Registry: Art Tatum, the Hercules of jazz pianist
*Art Tatum was born on this date in 1909.
Tatum was often in the presence of the rich and famous at after-hours parties in New York City and Hollywood.
Tatum was respected by fellow musicians and often thought of as super-human.
www.aaregistry.com /african_american_history/398/Art_Tatum_the_Hercules_of_jazz_pianist   (236 words)

 The Art of Tatum   (Site not responding. Last check: )
To give you an idea of Tatum's greatness, there is a quote from his contemporary, Fats Waller.
When Tatum walked into a club where Waller was playing, Waller stated "I'm just the piano player, but tonight, God is in the house"
Tatum wouldn't show up until maybe one or two in the morning and by the time he got there all the heavies would be shootin' their best shots.
www.angelfire.com /ca/pianogod   (184 words)

 Art Tatum   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Art Tatum (October 13 1909 - November 4 1956) was a famous jazz pianist known for his virtuosic playing and improvisation.
Tatum drew inspiration from his contemporaries James P. Johnson and Fats Waller and had a great influence on famous jazz pianists such as Duke Ellington Thelonious Monk and Oscar Peterson.
He always admitted that he was just putting pen to paper about Tatum using known histor...
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 Art Tatum in TutorGig Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Tatum was widely recognized among his colleagues as the most gifted jazz pianist alive, some going so far as to say he was one of the greatest pianists of any musical genre.
Tatum's playing was technically awesome, and his reharmonization concepts are still ahead of their time.
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 JR.com: Art Tatum - The Art Of Tatum in Music: Piano:   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Tatum's genius was in dissecting, reconstructing, and elaborating the repertoire of the the American popular song, an approach that informed and inspired Charlie Parker and the bop generation.
Tatum may be best appreciated in his solo work, where he was able to stretch out without overwhelming his sidemen.
Recording intermittently from the 1930s until his death in 1956, Tatum made a profound impact on the art of the jazz piano.
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 Art Tatum : The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 6 - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
Art Tatum : The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol.
For this CD, the sixth volume of Art Tatum's eight group recordings for Norman Granz in the 1950s, the remarkable pianist is teamed with bassist Red Callender and drummer Jo Jones.
Due to the presence of his sidemen, Tatum is slightly restricted as far as changing keys and tempoes at will, but his playing is still often stunning.
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 eBay Guides - Art Tatum Biography and Music
Art Tatum was born Oct. 13, 1909 in Toledo, Ohio and despite being blind in one eye and only partially sighted in the other he became arguably the greatest jazz piano player who ever lived.
In the early 1940s Tatum formed an extremely popular trio with bassist Slam Stewart and drummer Tiny Grimes.
Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum Jazz LPS
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