Monday Music Quote: Art Tatem

 Art Tatem Quotes:

“There is no such thing as a wrong note.”

“You have to practice improvisation, let no one kid you about it!”
Art TatumImage via Wikipedia 
“Look, you come in here tomorrow, and anything you do with your right hand I’ll do with my left. [to Bud Powell]”

“I don’t think I’m ready for New York [1928]”

“Tell the New York cats to look out. Here comes Tatum! I mean every living tub with the exception of Fats Waller and Willie the Lion [1930]”

Art Tatum style improvisation Over the Rainbow


Wikipedia says:

Arthur "Art" Tatum, Jr. (October 13, 1909 – November 5, 1956) was an American jazz pianist and virtuoso. He was nearly blind.
Tatum is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. Critic Scott Yanow wrote, "Tatum's quick reflexes and boundless imagination kept his improvisations filled with fresh (and sometimes futuristic) ideas that put him way ahead of his contemporaries ... Art Tatum's recordings still have the ability to scare modern pianists."

"Jazz washes away the dust of every day life." -- Art Blakey
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