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Two Christmas cards from Duke Ellington, and one from Ella Fitzgerald, to Mrs. Art Tatum. With envelopes with handwritten address. Ella Fitzgerald card features her and her son and is from 1956. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4".

Two cards from Ellington measure 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 x 9". Envelopes have handwritten address and feature Duke Ellington's return address on verso. From 1956 and 1957.

Art Tatum is considered one of the world's greatest jazz pianists. Tatum had received some formal musical training but, utilizing his perfect pitch, was mainly self-taught. He was known for his experimental and creative playing, as well as his legendary speed and improvisational skills. Despite being nearly blind, Tatum's dexterity made him an excellent player, as can be heard on the 1933 recording 'Tea for Two,' one of his best known songs.

Ahead of his time, Art Tatum's techniques would contribute to the development of modern jazz, with aspects of his technique influencing musicians including Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, and Oscar Peterson. Tatum, after his sadly premature death at age 47, was recognized for his considerable talents and his contributions to the jazz world when he was posthumously inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame, the International Hall of Fame, and awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors.

From the Estate of Art Tatum.

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Cards from Duke Ellington/Ella Fitzgerald to Mrs. Tatum

Thu, Jul 26, 2018 5:00 PM GMT
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