30 Oct 2018

Dr Billy Taylor narrated an incident when he and Art Tatum after a concert went to hang at a club.

A young pianist was playing.

When he noticed that Art Tatum was in the house he came over.

‘Mr Tatum what an honour to meet. You have been my inspiration and I would like to play your composition ‘Elegie’.

Art did not even listen to him play ‘Elegie’ – prompting Billy Taylor to say:

‘Art he is playing your composition’

Art said: ‘He knows what I played but not why I played it.’