Art Tatum

Arthur “Art” Tatum, Jr. was an American jazz pianist and virtuoso. He was nearly blind. #


  • You have to practice improvisation, let no one kid you about it!

  • Look, you come in here tomorrow, and anything you do with your right hand I’ll do with my left. [to Bud Powell]

  • Tell the New York cats to look out. Here comes Tatum! I mean every living tub with the exception of Fats Waller and Willie the Lion [1930]

  • I don’t think I’m ready for New York [1928]

  • There is no such thing as a wrong note.

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