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George Holmes Tate, 22 February 1913, Sherman, Texas, USA, d. 10 February 2001, Chandler, Arizona, USA. One of the outstanding tenor saxophonists of his generation, Tate paid his dues in a succession of territory bands between 1927 and 1939. Having started out on alto, he quickly developed into a formidable tenor player, lending presence and distinction to the bands of Troy Floyd, Terrence Holder, Andy Kirk and Nat Towles; the latter always regarded by Tate as one of the best bands with which he ever worked. In 1939 he joined the Count Basie band, having briefly worked with Basie five years earlier. He stayed until the end of the 40s, then played with Lucky Millinder, Oran Hot Lips Page and others, before taking his own band into a residency at the Celebrity Club in Harlem in 1953. He remained there until the mid-70s, taking time out to tour and record extensively with artists such as Jimmy Rushing and Buck Clayton. In 1975 he briefly co-led a band with...