Art Tatum - Tea for Two

The History of Piano Music and American Culture

Episode 3

Episode date - March 18, 2011

How Music Changed

    This show is exciting because it covers some of the most incredibly innovative playing imaginable. Fats Waller was the perfect showman and an extraordinary songwriter, but there are few performers, if any, who can claim to be the equal of Art Tatum.

    Once Tatum appeared on the scene, just about everything that came before him seemed obsolete. In Tatum’s hands, the ‘stride’ style of piano playing became a launching pad toward a new universe that left most other players fumbling to keep up. Simply put, Art Tatum may be the single most impressive soloist who ever lived – on any instrument.

    To cover this remarkable man and the music he conjured, we play the following;

    Bessie, Bessie, Bessie- Fate Waller

    The Jitterbug Waltz – Fats Waller

    Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Fats Waller

    Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Art Tatum

    Tiger Rag – Art Tatum

    Tea for Two – Art Tatum

    Can’t We Be Friends? – Art Tatum

    Night and Day – Art Tatum

    Glad Rag Doll – Earl Hines

    I Wish I Were Twins – Art Tatum

    Humoresque – Art Tatum

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