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Impressions Of Art Tatum At The Grand Piano


The scene is The Three Deuces, a popular gathering place for the Chicago music profession. The tables are crowded and among the regular customers we see musicians and entertainers from the better-known dance bands and radio studios. A sudden hush gathers over the room as a grand piano is rolled out upon the pocket-size dance floor. A ripple of applause as Art Tatum, pianist extraordinary, calmly seats himself at his piano. There is no introduction, no ballyhoosâhe simply starts to playâand the eyes of everyone, musician and layman alike, are trained intently upon this pianistic marvel. Sam Beers, genial host of The Three Deuces, hovers in the background, and even Paul and Billâour pals the waitersâhave stopped for a moment to listen to Tatum"s meanderings over the keyboard. And there"s a reason for all this rapt attention. Man! What rhythms, what harmonies, what beautiful techniques.

"I'm so crazy, I don't know this is impossible! Hoo hoo!" - Daffy Duck


"The good news is that once you start piano you never have to worry about getting laid again. More time to practice!" - MOI

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The man was a force of nature...thanks for posting...great read.



"When his 'arrangement' of that melody is complete, he has mastered every conceivable chord relationship possible..."

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