Grady Tate

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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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14 January 1932, Durham, North Carolina, USA. A self-taught drummer, Tate began playing while still a small child. During his military service he turned to jazz and subsequently worked with Wild Bill Davis. In the early 60s he played in the Quincy Jones big band and then spent time with Count Basie, Duke Ellington and a string of small groups, including those led by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Oscar Peterson, Zoot Sims, Red Rodney and Ray Brown. He also released a string of albums as a vocalist. Tate’s interest in singing made him especially sympathetic to vocalists’ needs and he has recorded with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, as well as Ray Charles among many. Tate’s drumming is suited to many areas of jazz and he invariably brings a lithe swing to any band of which he is a member. In recent years he appears to show a preference for singing, not in the jazz idiom but angled towards the popular field.

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