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Too marvelous for words : the life and genius of Art Tatum

Author: James Lester
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first full-length biography of the greatest virtuoso performer in the history of jazz. Lester has conducted almost a hundred interviews for this book, with surviving family, childhood friends, schoolteachers, and the famous jazz musicians who played with him or knew him. Tatum- who was virtually blind, suffering from 70 percent to 90 percent visual impairment -emerges as cheerful, fun-loving, energetic,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lester, James.
Too marvelous for words.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)639742664
Named Person: Art Tatum; Art Tatum; Art Tatum; Art Tatum; Art Tatum
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Lester
ISBN: 0195083652 9780195083651 0195096401 9780195096408
OCLC Number: 28063559
Description: ix, 240 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portrait ; 22 cm
Contents: Early development --
Early musical development --
A professional in Toledo --
New York and Chicago --
To California and Back --
The mind of a pianist --
1939-1945 --
1945-1949 : the be-bop years --
Tatum's "other" children --
1950-1956.
Responsibility: James Lester.
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Art Tatum was the greatest virtuoso performer in the history of jazz piano; his technique overwhelmed almost every jazz player who heard him and caused classical virtuosos to take notice.Through  Read more...

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excitingly depicts the New York City jazz scene during the rise of be-bop and the enormously rich activity of the 1930s and '40s. * Publishers Weekly *

 
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