Yes, I know . . . this combination of words doesn’t occur often in daily discourse, especially because those of us who follow and idolize jazz musicians think of them as occupying a realm far above the ordinary obligations of our lives. So when I saw this document advertised on eBay, I was first delighted to see what I assume is a genuine Art Tatum signature. Then — the mind reels — “Arthur Tatum” had a mortgage?
And a “chattel mortgage” on a Plymouth?
“Research!” as the late Len Kunstadt used to say.
Feast your eyes . . . .