Art Tatum

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Those who were closest to Art Tatum during his life shared one secret with the great jazz pianist--the knowledge that he played best in the "After Hours" before friends and fellow musicians at informal get-togethers. "Not just anyone could get to hear Tatum at his best," wrote Orrin Keepnews in The Jazz Makers. "It is generally accepted ... that his most formidable playing was displayed only in circumstances and before audiences largely of his own choosing. After hours a man played strictly as he pleased (when you're not being paid for your services, there are, after all, certain privileges you can expect). He played as long and as late as he pleased ... And the after-hours that Tatum really came to life."

This is the way it was on that evening in Hollywood in 1956 at a private house party where Tatum was present as a guest. As the evening wore on, and after several other guests had performed informally, Tatum was asked if he would like to play. Art was obviously feeling relaxed and ready to play, for when he was not ready or felt that he was being pushed he could be extremely unaccommodating when such a request was made. But on this night he sat down willingly at the piano and played for hours with obvious relish and pleasure. Here was Tatum playing for a group of friends, playing whatever he pleased, playing as long as he pleased--this was the completely spontaneous, untrammeled, magnificently creative Tatum who could never be caught in a recording studio.

He sat at the piano that night swinging through his enormous repertoire of tunes, reaching back to songs he had recorded early in his career, adding new dimensions to others which remained an active part of his programming throughout his life. His playing, with its richly elaborate fill-ins, its sweeping runs it's changes of tempo and key and its constant intensely swinging rhythm, made him as his protege, Dr. Billy Taylor, has said, "a whole band, complete in himself".

Tatum's creative genius was at white heat as he played through that California evening. We know that this was so because the host, a musical director at one of the Hollywood studios, had almost as much recording equipment at home as he had at the studio. And, unknown to Tatum, his host made a superb high fidelity tape of the entire performance. Afterwards he told Tatum what he had done and asked if the pianist had any objections. Tatum, flushed with the pleasures of his playing, said that he didn't mind at all.

The above paragraphs are from liner notes of an Lp set now available on a Verve CD.


Tatum Midified Cds - Three Volumes

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Tatum Midifide Vol. I

After Youv'e Gone, Aint Mis-Behaving, Aint Mis-Behaving *, All The Things You Are, Aunt Hagar's Blues, Blue Moon, Blues In Bb, Blue Skies, Body And Soul, Body And Soul *, Caravan, Carnegie Hall Blues, China Boy, Cherokee, Cocktails For Two, Don't Blame Me, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Emaline, Fine And Dandy, Fine And Dandy (Orch), Gang O' Nothing, I Got It Bad And That Aint Good, Honeysuckle Rose, Hot Lips, How Am I To Know

* Alternate Take

Tatum Midifide Vol. II

Humoresque, If I Had You, I Got Rhthym, Back Home Again In Indiana, Back Home Again In Indiana o, Jada, Jitterbug Waltz, Jumpin' For Sumpin', Just You Just Me, Just You Just Me o, Live Jive, You Better Love Me, Lullaby In Rhythm, The Man I Love, The Man I Love *, I'm In The Mood For Love, I'm In The Mood For Love o, How High The Moon, It Had To Be Moonglow, The Moon Is Low, I'll Never Be The Same, Night Scene, Pagan Love Call, Pagan Love Call o, Over The Rainbow, Royal Garden Blues, Running Wild, Running Wild o, In A Sentimental Mood, Should I, What Can I Say Dear After I Say I'm Sorry, St Louis Blues

* = Alternate Takes o = Orchestrated

Art Tatum Midifide Vol. III

Stompin' At The Savoy, Stormy Weather, Sunday, At Sundown, At Sundown - o, I Surrender Dear, Swanee River, Swanee River - o, Sweet And Lovely, Sweet And Lovely - o, Sweet Lorraine, Sweet Lorraine *1, Sweet Lorraine *2, Sweet Lorraine 2 - o, Sweet Lorraine *3, Good Night Sweetheart, Good Night Sweetheart - o, Tea For Two, Tenderly, Hold That Tiger, I'm Coming Virginia, Wabash Blues, Wabash Blues - o, Wang Wang Blues, Stormy Weather, When I Grow Too Old To Dream, Willow Weep For Me, Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams - o

* = Alternate Takes o = Orchestrated

All of the TATUM selections are available as midi, audio, .pdf files and/or print outs. (Many are unpublished)


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MIDI LINKS

All of the midi selections have been abbreviated (samples) on the server. Approximately twenty measures of each. Most of the Mp3 selections are complete.


midi After You've Gone (Piano Solo)

mp3 After You've Gone (Piano Solo) using my synths


midi Aint Misbehavin' (Piano Solo)

mp3 Aint Misbehavin' (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Aint Misbehavin' (Version 2)

mp3 Aint Misbehavin' (Version 2)


midi All The Things You Are (Piano Solo)

mp3 All The Things You Are (Piano Solo)


midi At Sundown (Piano Solo)

mp3 At Sundown (Piano Solo) my synths

mp3 At Sundown (midi orchestrated) my synths


midi Aunt Hagar's Blues (Piano Solo Version 1)

mp3 Aunt Hagar's Blues
(Piano Solo Version 1) my synths

midi Aunt Hagar's Blues (Piano Solo Version 2)


midi Blue Moon (Piano Solo)

mp3 Blue Moon (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Blue Skies (Piano Solo)

mp3 Blue Skies (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Blues In Bb (Piano Solo)

mp3 Blues In Bb (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Body And Soul version one (1 Chorus)

mp3 Body And Soul version one (1 Chorus) my synths

midi Body And Soul (complete Version II)

mp3 Body And Soul (complete Version II) my synths


midi Caravan (Piano Solo)

mp3 Caravan (Piano Solo)


midi Carnegie Hall Blues (Piano Solo)

mp3 Carnegie Hall Blues (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Cherokee (Piano Solo)

mp3 Cherokee (Piano Solo)
my synths


midi China Boy (Piano Solo)

mp3 China Boy (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Cocktails For Two (Piano Solo)

mp3 Cocktails For Two (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Dont Blame Me (Piano Solo)

mp3 Dont Blame Me (Piano Solo)


midi Dont Get Around Much Anymore (Piano Solo)

mp3 Dont Get Around Much Anymore (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Emaline (Piano Solo) Transcribed By Nigel Moxom

mp3 Emaline (Piano Solo) Transcribed By Nigel Moxom
my synths


midi Fine And Dandy (Piano Solo)

mp3 Fine And Dandy (Piano Solo) my synths

mp3 Fine And Dandy (orchestrated) my synths


midi Gang O' Nothin (Piano Solo)

mp3 Gang O' Nothin (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Good Night Sweetheart (Piano Solo)

mp3 Good Night Sweetheart (Piano Solo) my synths

mp3 Good Night Sweetheart
(Midi Orchestrated) my synths


midi Honeysuckle Rose (Piano Solo)

mp3 Honeysuckle Rose
(Piano Solo) my synths


midi Hot Lips (Piano Solo)

mp3 Hot Lips (Piano Solo)
my synths


midi How Am I To Know (Piano Solo)

mp3 How Am I To Know (Piano Solo) my synths


midi How High The Moon (Solo Piano)

mp3 How High The Moon (Solo Piano) my synths


midi Humoresque (Piano Solo)

mp3 Humoresque (Piano Solo) my synths


midi I Got It Bad And That Aint Good (Piano Solo)

mp3 I Got It Bad And That Aint Good (Piano Solo) my synths


midi I Got Rhythm (Piano Solo)

mp3 I Got Rhythm (Piano Solo) my synths


midi I Surrender Dear (Piano Solo)

mp3 I Surrender Dear (Piano Solo)
my synths


midi If I Had You (Piano Solo)

mp3 If I Had You (Piano Solo) my synths


midi I'll Never Be The Same (Piano Solo)

mp3 I'll Never Be The Same (Piano Solo) my synths


midi I'm Comin' Virginia (Piano Solo)

mp3 I'm Comin' Virginia (Piano Solo) my synths


midi I'm In The Mood For Love (Piano Solo)

mp3 I'm In The Mood For Love (Piano Solo) my synths

mp3 I'm In The Mood For Love (Midi orchestrated)


midi In A Sentimental Mood (Piano Solo)

mp3 In A Sentimental Mood (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Back Home Again In Indiana (Piano Solo)

mp3 Back Home Again In Indiana (Piano Solo) my synths

mp3 Back Home Again In Indiana (midi orchestrated) my synths

One of my first attempts to add a bass, some strings and other parts as background to an Art Tatum solo.

midi Jada (Piano Solo)

mp3 Jada (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Jitterbug Waltz (Piano Solo)

mp3 Jitterbug Waltz (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Jumpin' For Sumpin' (Piano Solo)

mp3 Jumpin' For Sumpin' (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Just You, Just Me (Piano Solo)

mp3 Just You, Just Me (Piano Solo) my synths

mp3 Just You, Just Me
(midi orchestrated using my synths)

I very sparingly added midi strings, bass, cello and percussion to the piano solo.

midi Live Jive (Piano Solo)

mp3 Live Jive (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Lullaby In Rhythm (Piano Solo)

mp3 Lullaby In Rhythm (Piano Solo)
my synths


midi Moonglow Short Version (Piano Solo)

midi Moonglow Long Version (Piano Solo)

mp3 Moonglow Long Version (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Night Scene (Piano Solo)

mp3 Night Scene (Piano Solo)
my synths


midi Over The Rainbow (Piano Solo) 1 Chorus

mp3 Over The Rainbow (Piano Solo) 1 Chorus
my synths


midi Pagan Love Song (Solo Piano)

mp3 Pagan Love Song (Solo Piano)
my synths

mp3 Pagan Love Song
(midi orchestrated background) Piano + strings ..


midi Royal Garden Blues (Piano Solo)

mp3 Royal Garden Blues (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Runnin' Wild (Piano Solo)

mp3 Runnin' Wild (Piano Solo) my synths

mp3 Runnin' Wild (Midi orchestrated)


midi Saint Louis Blues (Piano Solo)

mp3 Saint Louis Blues (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Should I (Solo Piano)

mp3 Should I (Solo Piano) my synths


Note"Someone To Watch Over Me" is only a sample. I'll send it free of charge with any order."

midi Someone To Watch Over Me (Piano Solo)

mp3 Someone To Watch Over Me (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Stardust (Piano Solo) snip

mp3 Stardust (Piano Solo) snip
coming soon


midi Stompin At The Savoy (Piano Solo)

mp3 Stompin At The Savoy (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Stormy Weather (Nigel Moxom's Score)

mp3 Stormy Weather (Nigel Moxom's Score) my synths

midi Stormy Weather Version II (Piano Solo)

mp3 Stormy Weather Version II (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Sunday (Piano Solo)

mp3 Sunday (Piano Solo) my synths


So far as I know this was never published.

midi Swanee River (Piano Solo)

mp3 Swanee River (piano solo) using my synths

mp3 Swanee River
midi orchestrated and recorded using my synths


midi Sweet & Lovely (Piano Solo)

mp3 Sweet & Lovely (Piano Solo) my synths

mp3 Sweet & Lovely midi orchestrated using my synths


midi Sweet Lorraine Version 1 (Piano Solo)

mp3 Sweet Lorraine Version 1 (Piano Solo) my synths

mp3 Sweet Lorraine Version 1 (midi orchestrated) my synths


midi Sweet Lorraine Version 2 (Piano Solo)

mp3 Sweet Lorraine Version 2 (Piano Solo) my synths

mp3 Sweet Lorraine Version 2 my synths
midi orchestrated with a string background


midi Sweet Lorraine Version 3 (Piano Solo)

mp3 Sweet Lorraine Version 3 (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Tea For Two (Piano Solo)

mp3 Tea For Two (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Tenderly (Piano Solo)

mp3 Tenderly (Piano Solo) my synths


midi The Man I Love Version I (Piano Solo)

mp3 The Man I Love Version I (Piano Solo) my synths

midi The Man I Love Version II (Piano Solo)

mp3 The Man I Love Version II (Piano Solo) my synths


midi The Moon Is Low (Piano Solo)

mp3 The Moon Is Low (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Tiger Rag (Piano Solo)

mp3 Tiger Rag (Piano Solo) my synths


midi Wabash Blues (Piano Solo)

mp3 Wabash Blues (Piano Solo) my synths

mp3 Wabash Blues (midi orchestrated) my synths


midi Wang Wang Blues (Piano Solo)

mp3 Wang Wang Blues (Piano Solo)
my synths


midi What Can I Say Dear After I Say I'm Sorry? (Piano Solo)

mp3 What Can I Say Dear After I Say I'm Sorry? (Piano Solo) my synths


midi When I Grow Too Old To Dream (Piano Solo)

mp3 When I Grow Too Old To Dream (Piano Solo)
my synths


midi Willow Weep For Me (Piano Solo)

mp3 Willow Weep For Me (Piano Solo) my synths

It may not be common knowledge but this one time I know that Art Tatum "borrowed" an idea from his student "Billy Taylor." How do I know?
Easy, Billy told me. If you are the least bit curious, give the next mp3 a listen. Pay special attention to the introduction. Then go back and compare it with Art Tatum's intro.

Billy Taylor's version of Willow Weep For Me (mp3)


midi Wrap You Troubles In Dreams (Piano Solo)

mp3 Wrap You Troubles In Dreams (Piano Solo)
my synths

mp3 Wrap You Troubles In Dreams (Piano Solo)
my synths another take


midi You Better Love Me (Piano Solo)

mp3 You Better Love Me (Piano Solo) my synths


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