Focuses on the lyrical, horn-like single-note pianists who have come down from Earl Hines and who are the "poets of the piano," according to Count Basie. Mary Lou Williams, a bebop pianist and teacher; Teddy Wilson, whose calm, invincible, almost mathematical right-hand patterns transfixed a generation of pianists, among them Billy Kyle, Nat Cole, Hank Jones, Jimmy Rowles and Lennie Tristano.
New Yorker; 1/7/1974, Vol. 49 Issue 46, p33-43, 9p
The article relates the author's music preferences citing how she grew up listening to American popular singers including Russ Columbo, Jack Smith, Gene Austin, Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Sophie Tucker, Arthur Tracy, Al Jolson and Bessie Smith, among others. Other singers she listened to include Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett.