• Dr. Billy Taylor Celebrates Art Tatum's 100th

    November 12, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    tatumART 005a- Photo by Tad Herschorn from the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.

    Rachmaninoff praised him.  George Gershwin celebrated him.  Fats Waller called him god.  There will never be another Art Tatum, whose astonishing talent and creativity cannot be repeated or forgotten.  WBGO celebrated the pianist’s centennial when Morning Jazz host Gary Walker interviewed Tatum’s close friend and student Dr. Billy Taylor in our WBGO studio.  Dr. Taylor shared his favorite Art Tatum stories and performances. The special aired on the day of Tatum’s death, Nov 5th at 9am.  If you missed it, click below to listen. -- Simon Rentner

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