|Genres:||Big Band & Swing Jazz Jazz Soundtrack|
|Tags:||jazz piano jazz piano swing instrumental|
|Decades:||1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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13 October 1909, Toledo, Ohio, USA, d. 5 November 1956, Los Angeles, California, USA. Born into a musical family, Tatum was handicapped from birth by impaired sight. Blind in one eye and only partially sighted in the other, he nevertheless studied piano formally and learned to read music. By his mid-teens he was playing professionally in Toledo. He played briefly in the Speed Webb band, but was mostly active as a soloist or in small groups working in clubs and playing on radio. He was heard by singer Adelaide Hall, who took him on the road as her accompanist. With Hall he travelled to New York in 1932 and the following year made his first recordings. He spent the next few years playing clubs in Cleveland and Chicago, but in 1937 was back in New York, where his playing in clubs, on radio and on record established his reputation as a major figure in jazz circles.
He toured the USA and also played in the UK. In the early 40s he formed a trio...