The History of Piano Music and American Culture
Episode date - March 18, 2011
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