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Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum

Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum
Author: Robert A. Parker
ISBN 13: 9780375839658
ISBN 10: 375839658
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: 2008-01-08
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40
List Price: $17.99

Regardless of whether they’ve heard of jazz or Art Tatum, young readers will appreciate how Parker uses simple, lyrical storytelling and colorful and energetic ink-and-wash illustrations to show the world as young Art Tatum might have seen it. Tatum came from modest beginnings and was nearly blind, but his passion for the piano and his acute memory for any sound that he heard drove him to become a virtuoso who was revered by both classical and jazz pianists alike. Included in the back matter is a biography and bibliography.

The Washington Post - Karen MacPherson

Keeping the text brief, Parker employs a lyrical, first-person narration that often echoes the pianist's style…Parker's masterful watercolor and ink illustrations, with their loose lines and washes of color, also evoke Tatum's dazzling music.