Art Tatum was the greatest jazz pianist of all time. He pioneered in the areas of stride and swing. He was noted for his incredible virtuosity, his inventive harmonic language, and his improvisations on works by Chopin. A mentor and friend of the famous Oscar Peterson, he spent a lot of time playing at the Onyx Club on 52nd Street in New York. His audience often contained such luminaries of the piano as Vladimir Horowitz, Walter Gieseking, Leopold Godowsky. Sadly, he died in 1956, far too early.

My Everything user name is Art Tatum, as you can see. Unfortunately, I am nowhere near as great a pianist as this man. My user name (both here and on Slashdot) is a tribute to this legendary pianist.