Lecture 24 CREATEDATE 4/27/09 9:52 AM Jimmy Durante ?Inka Dinka Doo? not very well educated master of the bad joke ? worst jokes and people still laugh ragtime piano player Clayton, Jackson, and Durante ? famous vaudeville team Started to branch out but never left them behind Had a nightclub in New York ? club Durant Certain gangster element Found his way into Broadway ? had star quality Made one Broadway show later made into a movie ?Jumbo? went to Hollywood ? very successful never find an unkind word about him ? everybody loved him never a scandal in the 50s he had a hit record with a woman named Helen Traubel she was a operatic soprano in the top 20 went from Hollywood to television in between was on the radio with Gary Moore Colgate Comedy Hour Had a sign off when the show was over Was to his wife letting her know he was on his way home Dumb comedy throughout the show and then became poignant at the end of the show ? always felt sorry for the man, instant sympathy for him, yet he was making millions His voice was used for many things: Frosty the snowman Many people referenced him; his voice and his face The two piano players are extremely different in style Art Tatum Blind Born in 1916 in Toledo, Ohio Every note was perfectly clear Could see shadows, movements but couldn?t distinguish between people until he heard a voice Went to a Blind school; learned to read and study music in Braille Had a terrific following Was on the radio Had people who didn?t like him ?all he can do is play fast? play very sensitively when he wanted to crystal clear technique uses a lot of stride ? barely notice it?s stride ?I play piano, but God is in the house tonight? the last of the after hours performers Swing street Club after club ? dozens on that block Artists would play for drinks Tatum would wander from club to club all night Always wanted to play in his terms Had the opportunity to get his sight back ? didn?t take it because he had the chance to lose the sight that he had Teamed up with Tiny Grimes (guitar) and Slam Stewart (bass) for some songs
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