— Ohio Historical Marker —Art Tatum was born in Toledo on October 13, 1909, the son of Arthur Tatum, Sr. and Mildred Hoskins Tatum. Despite being blind in one eye and only partially sighted in the other, he became one of the greatest jazz pianists of his era. To deal with his sight disability, he attended the Ohio State School for the Blind in Columbus from 1918-1920. He came from a musical family and had some formal training at the Toledo School of Music, but was largely self-taught. Influenced by famed Fats Waller, Tatum began playing his music on a local radio station at age 18 and then lived in Chicago, New York City, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, playing and recording extensively both as a soloist and in small groups. His ability to improvise set him apart as a musical genius. Tatum died in November 1956 and was named to the Jazz Hall of Fame in 1983.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series|
|Placed By||The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Cinergy, and The Ohio Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, May 26th, 2016 at 5:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 287019 N 4614283|
|Decimal Degrees||41.65185000, -83.55768333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 39.111', W 83° 33.461'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 39' 6.66" N, 83° 33' 27.66" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1123 City Park Ave, Toledo OH 43604, US|
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