Art Tatum was one of the greatest jazz pianists ever. His extraordinary command of the piano was legendary and was rarely surpassed.
This is a network generated from Last.fm's similar artist data. Using Art Tatum as a starting point, I've recursively gathered similar artists.
The visualisation reveals some interesting clusters. To the bottom-right of Art Tatum is a cluster of be-bop musicians including Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.
Meanwhile to the top-left of Tatum is a cluster of swing bands/musicians featuring the likes of Count Basie, Benny Goodman and a couple of Tatum's contemporary pianists Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson. Not surprisingly we see Duke Ellington spanning the gap between these swing and be-bop musicians.
If we work counter-clockwise we can observe clusters of vocalists (e.g. Mel Tormé and Anita O'Day), country artists (e.g. Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn) and blues artists (e.g. Son House and T-Bone Walker).
It's interesting to spot artists who span different genres such as Big Joe Turner who has links to both swing and blues artists. Might this help explain his early involvement in rock and roll?
Do explore the network yourself and see what insights you can unearth. (Can't read the labels? Use your browser's zoom controls!)