Pianist Art Tatum's speed and harmonic imagination often left other musicians astonished, inspired, or in despair. Here are some who dared to keep up with him.
Handy talks about early encounters with Dexter Gordon and Art Tatum, why he came to favor the alto saxophone, and the legendary young bassist Albert Stinson.
The day Louis Armstrong told the U.S. government to go to a very choice place: David Margolick’s article in the New York Times yesterday provides some historical elaboration. (Margolick is the author of Strange Fruit: the Biography of a Song.) There’s also an online NPR story, Remembering Louis Armstrong’s Little Rock Protest. For more about Armstrong and how the politics of the era mixed with jazz, check out our previous program Jazz Goes to the Cold War.
Carter wrote jazz standards, mastered two instruments, opened doors for black composers in Hollywood, and served as a mentor to many young jazz musicians.