Arthur Tatum Jr. (, October 13, 1909 – November 5, 1956) was an American jazz pianist who is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever. From early in his career, fellow musicians acclaimed Tatum's technical ability as extraordinary. Tatum also extended jazz piano's vocabulary and boundaries far beyond his initial stride influences, and established new ground through innovative use of reharmonization, voicing, and bitonality.
Tatum grew up in Toledo, Ohio, where he began playing piano professionally and had his own radio program, rebroadcast nationwide, while still in his teens. He left Toledo in 1932 and had residencies as a solo pianist at clubs in major urban centers including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In that decade, he settled into a pattern he followed for most of his career – paid performances followed by long after-hours playing, all accompanied by prodigious consumption of alcohol. He was said to be more spontaneous and creative in such venues, and although the drinking did not hinder his playing, it did damage his health.
In the 1940s, Tatum led a commercially successful trio for a short time and began playing in more formal jazz concert settings, including at Norman Granz-produced Jazz at the Philharmonic events. His popularity diminished towards the end of the decade, as he continued to play in his own style, ignoring the rise of bebop. Granz recorded Tatum extensively in solo and small group formats in the mid-1950s, with the last session only two months before Tatum's death from uremia at the age of 47.
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 60 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||D7VB-0074||10-in.||1/20/1947||(When your heart's on fire) smoke gets in your eyes||Art Tatum||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||D7VB-0075||10-in.||1/20/1947||Ain't misbehavin'||Art Tatum||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||D7VB-0077||10-in.||1/20/1947||Cherokee||Art Tatum||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38387||10-in.||8/22/1934||Moonglow||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38388||10-in.||8/22/1934||I would do anything for you||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38389||10-in.||8/22/1934||When a woman loves a man||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38390||10-in.||8/22/1934||Emaline||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38391||10-in.||8/22/1934||Love me||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38392||10-in.||8/22/1934||Cocktails for two||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38426||10-in.||8/24/1934||After you've gone||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38427||10-in.||8/24/1934||Stardust||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38428||10-in.||8/24/1934||I ain't got nobody||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38429||10-in.||8/24/1934||Ill wind||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38430||10-in.||8/24/1934||The shout||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38431||10-in.||8/24/1934||Beautiful love||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||38432||10-in.||8/24/1934||Liza||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||62822||10-in.||11/29/1937||Gone with the wind||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||62823||10-in.||11/29/1937||Stormy weather||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||62824||10-in.||11/29/1937||Chloe||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||62825||10-in.||11/29/1937||The Sheik of Araby||Art Tatum||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||68605||10-in.||1/21/1941||Wee baby blues||Art Tatum and his Band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||68606||10-in.||1/21/1941||Stompin' at the Savoy||Art Tatum and his Band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||68607||10-in.||1/21/1941||Last goodbye blues||Art Tatum and his Band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||68608||10-in.||1/21/1941||Battery bounce||Art Tatum and his Band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||69356||10-in.||6/13/1941||Lucille||Art Tatum and his Band||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tatum, Art," accessed December 5, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104444.
Tatum, Art. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104444.
"Tatum, Art." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 5 December 2023.
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