Art Tatum

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

Tatum, Art

(tā`təm), 1910–56, American jazz pianist, b. Toledo, Ohio. Born with cataracts in both eyes, Tatum remained virtually blind for life. He read music in Braille, but his sensitive ear for music made reading almost unnecessary. Tatum, an unmatched piano virtuoso and brilliant improviser, developed a style characterized by complex musical embroidery, such as rapid runs and shifting rhythms.

Tatum, (Arthur) Art

(1909–56) jazz musician; born in Toledo, Ohio. Near-blind from birth, he was established as a jazz pianist in New York by 1932 and worked mainly as a soloist thereafter. He was a keyboard virtuoso whose overwhelming technique and harmonic imagination strongly influenced jazz pianists and the bebop style of the following generation.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Reed is cited by the Library of Congress; he received the Ohio Governor's Award in the Arts in 1993; in 1997 the Common Space Center for Creativity named their auditorium in his honor, and in 1999, the Art Tatum African American Resource Center of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library honored his career on National Tap Dance Day.
Pliegue tras pliegue de un barroquismo en ocasiones virtuoso, que se escucha al ritmo sincopado del piano de Art Tatum o las improvisaciones de Charlie Parker, en el cual son equivalentes tanto el horizonte como el punto de fuga, descentrando cualquier posibilidad de leer estos poemas como un volumen de sentido univoco, la suerte de este libro dependera no solo de la recepcion que el mismo tenga, sino de la lectura que se haga de los otros libros que acompanan a La insidia .
But on up-tempo numbers like Kurt Weill's "Speak Low" and the title cut, an Irving Berlin tune, Hersch reveals an exuberant polyphony and a killer left hand that bring jazz piano legend Art Tatum to mind.
During the late 1920s and early 1930s, Hinton worked as a free-lance musician in Chicago, performing with legendary jazz artists, including Zutty Singleton, Jabbo Smith, Eddie South, Erskine Tate, and Art Tatum.
Jazz musicians such as Art Tatum, Count Basie, Joe Jones, Lester Young - they all wanted to play their instruments the way she sang.
Included here are wonderful arrangements of several familiar tunes, such as Harold Arlen's Over the Rainbow, arranged by George Shearing, Johnny Mercer's Laura, arranged by Andre Previn and Richard Rodgers's Blue Moon, arranged by Art Tatum.
This 5-volume reference presents essays on 608 20th-century musicians and composers in all genres, with the classical cellist Pablo Casals followed by Johnny Cash, for example, or Art Tatum followed by Sir John Tavener, making this an enjoyable work for browsing.
His speed and articulacy suggest a diet of Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson, but we can also invoke the names of Fats Waller and Keith Jarrett.
He quickly made a name for himself as a jazz virtuoso, often earning comparisons to jazz piano great Art Tatum, his childhood idol, for his speed and technical skill.
As a teenager, he was influenced by Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell and played with the latter as a 16-year-old when Powell visited his home.
jazz standards and four original pieces rooted in various Antillean (mostly Cuban) genres that serve to showcase his musical influences, from Art Tatum and Bill Evans to Ernesto Lecuona and Tom Jobim.