Thursday, May 31, 2012

Art Tatum: The Art of Jazz Piano



Notes @ YouTube: The only documentary portrait of the greatest jazz pianist ever. Includes rare photographs, interviews, and more.

Art Tatum: The Art of Jazz Piano is still the only documentary portrait of the greatest jazz pianist ever. Using photographs and some rare footage of Tatum and his contemporaries, the film reconstructs his genius. Included are interviews with musicians who played with him or who were influenced strongly by him: Guitarists Tiny Grimes & Les Paul, and pianists Marian McPartland, Hank Jones, Dick Hyman and George Shearing. Their reminiscences and demonstrations underline Tatum's status as the "musician's musician."

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