Billy Taylor in New York City - the 1940's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 364:

Jazz is a very personal way of playing music. Everyone has his own personal style if he's good. Like Nat Cole on The Street [52nd St., New York]. Nat had that personal thing of his. Art Tatum could cut him up and down any way you go, but Nat had his own thing. I remember at a session he sat down after Art and without a rhythm section. Man, that's asking for it! Yet, Nat played his own way and played well. One thing about his style is that Nat was one of the greatest pianists for doing things with the blues.
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Nat Hentoff and Nat Shapiro, Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It (London, 1992), p. 364. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435932613536 accessed: 27 November, 2021

location of experience: New York City

Listeners

Billy Taylor
Broadcaster, Composer, Pianist, Teacher
1921-2010

Listening to

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jazz piano contests performed by Art Tatum, Nat King Cole

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:10:13 +0100
Approved on Mon, 05 Sep 2016 15:35:42 +0100