He created his own trio in 1943 and, the growing notoriety he played at the first jazz concert given to the New York Metropolitan in 1944. Art constantly improved his piano playing until the end of his life, and recorded many discs on piano solo or in small training. He died prematurely in 1956 in Los Angeles.
Influenced both by the stride piano of Fats Waller and the innovative style of Earl Hines, Art Tatum has created a very personal piano playing integrating a multitude of perfectly mastered languages (blues, classical music, popular song ...) . Through his stunning technique and bold harmonic ideas in his improvisations, he is considered the most talented and brilliant pianist in jazz history.