Jazz/classical crossovers keep cropping up in jazz history, from Benny Goodman and Art Tatum
, through Jacques Loussier and the Modern Jazz Quartet to Brad Mehldau; some are more successful than others.
DeFranco, a member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame, performed at venues around the world for 75 years and recorded with musicians including Sinatra, Holliday, Art Tatum
, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett.
BORN Bryan Adams, Canadian rock singer, 1959 Art Garfunkel, American singer, 1941 Daniella Westbrook, UK actress, 1973, above DIED Mack Sennett, US film director, 1960 Art Tatum
, American jazz pianist, 1956 Eamonn Andrews, TV presenter, 1987, above
The long list of of renowned visually impaired musicians includes Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Art Tatum
, Blind Willie McTell, and the Blind Boys of Alabama for starters.
Influenced by the Orquesta Casino de la Playa (which adapted traditional guitar hooks to jazz-piano parts but retained traditional Cuban percussion), Valdes developed his own approaches to playing and arranging, aided by a piano technique heavily influenced by Fats Waller and Art Tatum
His program is a tribute to a variety of periods from European Romanticism to American Romance and will highlight composers such as Mendelssohn, Liszt, Chopin, Berlioz, Art Tatum
, Oscar Peterson and Gershwin.
Thanks to computer wizardry, it can stage "live" performances by some of the world's greatest classical and jazz pianists, such as Sergei Rachmaninoff and Art Tatum
, that would otherwise have been confined to 78rpm records.
The eye supplied him with fodder for the colorful stories he liked to tell, including how it ended up in the mouth of a Pekingese and the glass of gin that jazz pianist Art Tatum
had been drinking.
Included here are wonderful arrangements of several familiar tunes, such as Harold Arlen's Over the Rainbow, arranged by George Shearing, Johnny Mercer's Laura, arranged by Andre Previn and Richard Rodgers's Blue Moon, arranged by Art Tatum
The trio with bassist Calum Gourlay and drummer James Maddren operates with a closer relationship to the established acoustic jazz tradition, likely to appeal to followers of Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum
, to name just a few mellifluous trinklers.
This 5-volume reference presents essays on 608 20th-century musicians and composers in all genres, with the classical cellist Pablo Casals followed by Johnny Cash, for example, or Art Tatum
followed by Sir John Tavener, making this an enjoyable work for browsing.
He defines his style as very much from the Detroit mainstream with "a Bud Powell awareness, an Art Tatum
styling, a bebop feeling and a pianistic approach".