Tatum, Art. (1909–1956)

Hall of Fame Certificate

1978 National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences "Hall of Fame" certificate, posthumously recognizing Art Tatum's solo albums "The Genius of Art Tatum." The certificate features a large embossed seal of the National Academy at the head. Together with a letter to Mrs. Geraldine Tatum, Art Tatum's widow, from the President of the Academy, presenting the award, and the original mailer in which the certificate was sent. Rather heavily toned, but overall in very good condition. 11.5 x 16 inches (29 x 40.5 cm).

From the Estate of Art Tatum.

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. (16936)

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