Billy Taylor has said that he could make a bad piano sound good. Tatum made me play jazz. When jazz pianist Stanley Cowell was growing up in Toledo, his father prevailed upon Tatum to play piano at the Cowell home. And he showed me how to keep my fingers flat on the keys to get that clean tone. Dizzy Gillespie said, "First you speak of Art Tatum, then take a long deep breath, and you speak of the other pianists. Dave Brubeck observed, "I don't think there's any more chance of another Tatum turning up than another Mozart. He first played professionally in Toledo in the mid-'20s and had a radio show during Jazz soloing in the s had not yet evolved into the free-ranging extended improvisations that flowered in the bebop era of the s, s and beyond. He frequently played for hours on end into the dawn, to the detriment of his marriages. One of the things that Bird liked about my playing was that I used some of those harmonies. The Israeli-born virtuoso played with grace and enthusiasm, obviously inspired by the remarkable setting in a glass pavilion, the one-of-a-kind Wendell Castle Steinway grand piano at his touch, and an opportunity to collaborate and improvise with Toledo jazz legend Jon Hendricks. He also seemed to feast on competition. Was I awestruck?
Jazz soloing in the s had not yet evolved into the free-ranging extended improvisations that flowered in the bebop era of the s, s and beyond. The funny part about it was he would stay up all night, and listen to classical for a while, then go to sleep at ten or 11, after listening to the classical music.
I was 14 or 15 and was thinking seriously about a career in classical music.
It seemed that he played all of his waking hours. My special guests has been absolutely splendid, brought so much to the stage, the artwork piano, the beautiful all-glass building, the energy from the audience, the colorful aut umn Toledo trees… But above all, I will be forever grateful that I have had the honor of sharing the stage with a master and a legend such as the great Jon Hendricks.
He said "Oh, yeah, sure.
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I think this is probably how he perfected his technique and maintained it. From infancy he suffered from cataracts of disputed cause which left him blind in one eye and with only limited vision in the other. Tatum built upon stride and classical piano influences to develop a novel and unique piano style. After all, he played jazz, as opposed to contemporary classical music. The stellar, one-of-a-kind concert ended with a grand finale featuring all participants in a wonderful blues-based whirlwind of jazz, poetry and dance. Billy Taylor has said that he could make a bad piano sound good. He did everything possible on the piano. Below is a review of my concert with some nice pictures, courtesy of David Yonke. He put it all together. Born nearly blind, Tatum gained some formal piano training at the Toledo School of Music but was largely self-taught. I could add dozens more — in fact, I have about 30 more examples in my notes, easily enough for another Tatum post in the future.
My uncle was a pianist who gave me my first Fats Waller record and when I kept bugging him and telling him that I wanted to play that style, he finally said, listen to this and figure it out. I could add dozens more — in fact, I have about 30 more examples in my notes, easily enough for another Tatum post in the future.
Drummer Jo Jones, who recorded a trio session with Tatum and bassist Red Callender, is quoted as quipping, "I didn't even play on that session [ Then global jazz star Jon Hendricks, full of joy and energy at age 93, joined Mintus for a half hour of jazz and blues.
Although a number of his keyboard cousins have also possessed superior technique, Tatum continues to amaze 42 years after his untimely passing.
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