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Art Tatum was a highly influential 20th century jazz pianist known for his radical reinventions of pop standards.
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Born on October 13, 1910, in Toledo, Ohio, Art Tatum was mostly self-taught as a pianist and would become known for his rapturous reworking of pop standards like “Begin the Beguine” and "Stormy Weather." A player whose speed and gliding, multi-layered arrangements were unrivaled, Tatum formed a trio with Tiny Grimes and Slam Stewart in the '40s. A major musical influence, he died on November 5, 1956.
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