His speed and articulacy suggest a diet of Art Tatum
and Oscar Peterson, but we can also invoke the names of Fats Waller and Keith Jarrett.
He quickly made a name for himself as a jazz virtuoso, often earning comparisons to jazz piano great Art Tatum
, his childhood idol, for his speed and technical skill.
As a teenager, he was influenced by Art Tatum
, Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell and played with the latter as a 16-year-old when Powell visited his home.
He began searching out other jazz pianists, among them Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Rowles, Horace Silver, Mike Wofford and Art Tatum
There's Art Tatum
, the under-appreciated Phineas Newborn Jr.
THE Sagitta 2,000 Guineas favourite Hold That Tiger shares his name with the signature tune of the 1930s jazz pianist Art Tatum
. How suitable that Tatum's trademark was a sudden change of pace.
Lee is a self-taught musician much influenced by the likes of Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum
and during the course of the evening there was strong evidence to be heard of all three in his playing.
Thanks to its riveting if deceptively understated musicality, The King Cole Trio became the model for folks like Art Tatum
, Oscar Peterson, Red Norvo and the Modern Jazz Quartet.
So he is as keen to experiment with electronics as he is to bring an Art Tatum
influence into this music.
Encores have included Elton John, Billy Joel, Art Tatum
, Alexina Louie, Oscar Peterson and The Simpsons theme.
Peterson was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1925 and his guiding light was fellow pianist Art Tatum