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He had a strong, swinging pulse, highlighted with cadenzas that swept across the entire keyboard. Retrieved October 13, Archived from the original on April 17, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Retrieved October 13, — via Google Books. If I did, I’d throw up my hands and give up!

Black Music Research Journal. Archived from the original on December 8, Although piano was the most obvious application of his mental and physical skills, he also had an encyclopedic memory for Major League Baseball statistics.

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Tatum’s ‘Elegy’

When Tatum walked into a club where Fats Waller was playing, Waller stepped away from the piano to make way for him, announcing, “I only play the piano, but tonight God is in the house. Timing Is of the Essence: Medical Profiles of Jazz Greats.

Herbie Hancock described Tatum’s unique tone as “majestic” and devoted some time to analyzing Tatum’s harmonic arsenal.

Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz. He had too much technique. If you don’t like his ornament, you ekegy be listening to someone else. Tatum and Ruby divorced early in University Press of Mississippi.

Art Tatum – Wikipedia

This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Tatum used a relatively flat-fingered technique compared to the curvature taught in classical training; a observer wrote that, when playing, “Tatum’s hand is almost perfectly horizontal, and his fingers seem to actuate around a horizontal line drawn from wrist to finger tip. That’s where his genius is. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

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Too Marvelous for Words: Fats Waller recalled the showdown: Prior to the s, Tatum’s “style was directly related to the form of the typical popular song, which was usually two bars of active melody followed by two relatively stationary bars, and it was those wlegy two-bar phrases that Tatum used for his stunning runs.


Jazz portal Biography portal Music portal. He sounds like a brass band.

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The Jazz Life of Dr. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Archived from the original on June 29, Retrieved September 12, International Computer Music Conference. Using self-taught fingering, including an array of two-fingered runs, he executed the pyrotechnics with meticulous accuracy and timing.