Grady Tate

Grady Tate ( born January 14, 1932 in Durham / North Carolina) is an American jazz singer and drummer.

Life and work

Tate singing since the age of four and impressed as a boy at some concerts, but gave the song with his voice broke on first. He turned to the drums, which he learned as an autodidact. During his military service from 1951 to 1955 he took over the singing career again, but also learned the basics of jazz percussion. From 1955 to 1959 he studied at the North Carolina Central University in English literature and psychology. He was English and elocution lessons in Washington, DC, where he also played with Wild Bill Davis, and studied from 1963 at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He accompanied drummer singers like Peggy Lee. Norman Granz and Creed Taylor attacked in their productions you back to Tate as a drummer. He took with Quincy Jones, Jimmy Smith, Lionel Hampton, Stan Getz, Pearl Bailey, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, Della Reese, Sarah Vaughan, Michel Legrand, Lalo Schifrin, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Charles Aznavour and Andre Previn on. Gary McFarland Tate promoted as a singer and took since 1968 several albums with him.

Tate is one next to Billy Higgins, Steve Gadd and Peter Erskine on the most recorded drummers. The number of LPs or CDs on which he was involved, should be at almost 700. A wider public it is still not known, because he has worked mainly as a studio musician. He enjoys among his colleagues, for example, Peter Erskine, the highest reputation. For connoisseurs of drumming he is immediately identifiable in his work on the snare drum.

1973 and 1979, the baritone as Best Male Pop Vocalist was nominated for a Grammy. Since 1989 he has taught at Howard University.

Albums under his own name ( as a singer )

  • Windmills of My Mind 1968
  • After The Long Ride Home 1969
  • She Is My Lady 1972
  • TNT 1991
  • Feeling Free 1999
  • All Love 2002

Albums as a sideman (selection)

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dear Ella 1997
  • Ray Brown: Do not Forget the Blues 1985
  • Ray Bryant: All Blues 1978
  • Kenny Burrell: Guitar Forms 1964
  • Wild Bill Davis: One More Time in 1962
  • Roberta Flack: Killing Me Softly 1973
  • Stan Getz: Sweet Rain 1967
  • Peter Herbolzheimer: Jazz Gala 1976
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Now Please Do not You Cry, Beautiful Edith 1967
  • The Manhattan Transfer: vocalese 1985
  • Wes Montgomery: Movin ' Wes 1964
  • Oliver Nelson: More Blues and the Abstract Truth 1964
  • New York Jazz Quartet: Blues For Sarka 1978
  • Duke Pearson: The Right Touch 1967
  • Oscar Peterson: The Silent Partner 1979
  • Jerome Richardson: Groove Merchant 1967
  • Lalo Schifrin: Jazz Meets the Symphony 1992
  • Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park 1982
  • Zoot Sims Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers 1975
  • Jimmy Smith: The Cat 1964
  • Jimmy Smith / Wes Montgomery: The Dynamic Duo 1966
  • Gábor Szabó: Gypsy '66 1965
  • Stanley Turrentine: Joyride 1965
  • Jiggs Whigham Hope ( with Ferdinand Povel, Rob Franken, Niels -Henning Ørsted Pedersen ) 1976

Lexigraphic entries

  • Richard Cook Richard Cook 's Jazz Encyclopedia. Penguin, London 2007, ISBN 978-0-141-02646-6.