Art Tatum

Virtually universally agreed to have been the greatest jazz pianist of all time, particularly by other pianists. A fantastically baroque and technically accomplished player who was probably too far ahead of everyone else to found his own school of piano players.

His playing matured into the 1950s up to the time of his early death, when he had integrated more successfully the various elements of his playing and made a long series of solo and small group masterpieces for recording impresario Norman Granz.

Jazz Bands & Musicians:
Louis Armstrong
Bix Beiderbecke
Art Blakey
Cab Calloway
Nat King Cole
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Bill Evans
Benny Goodman
Erskine Hawkins
Stan Kenton
Andy Kirk
Mills Blue Rhythm Band
Charles Mingus
Thelonious Sphere Monk
Bud Powell
Sonny Rollins
Art Tatum