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Lot 0583
Following his passing in 1956, Art Tatum continued to receive honors and awards for his extraordinary talent. Many of these were sent to his widow, Mrs. Geraldine Tatum. This lot includes an assortment of those honors including:

- Invitation to 31st Grammy Awards
- 1957 fan letter and photo
- 1989 recognition from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
- 1977 Grammy Nomination
- 1977 Grammy Invitation
- Duplicate Commemoration of Art Tatum's selection to the Jazz Hall of Fame (original is included elsewhere in this sale)
- International Rock Awards letter
- Droid Works Letter (Lucas Film)
- 9 copies of the Tatum Solo Masterpieces (a 12 x 12'' booklet designed to accompany Tatum's album by the same name)

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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Art Tatum Posthumous Recognitions

Estimate $800 - $1,200Jul 26, 2018
65 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128
United States
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