"Art Tatum was [one of the two] dominant piano players of the 1930s, astounding everyone with his technique, most especially other piano players, who were convinced he was playing the impossible
" -- Chick Corea, hosting a segment on the largely overlooked Arthur "Art" Tatum, Jr.
If that display of skill and improvisation has you interested, here are a few documentaries about the mostly blind piano man who made other pianists question their instrument choice, yet often left the public at large overwhelmed (or unimpressed): Toledo Stories: The Tatum Legacy
(YouTube, 28 minutes) :: Art Tatum - The Art Of Jazz Piano
(YT, 52 min.) :: Art Tatum: A Talent Never to Be Duplicated
(NPR, audio only, 11 min.) :: Art Tatum, 'The Musician's Musician'
(NPR audio, 54 min.) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 25, 2011 -