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Grady Tate

Grady Tate (born January 14, 1932)[1] is an American hard bop and soul-jazz drummer and singer with a distinctive baritone voice. In addition to his work as sideman, Tate has released many albums as leader and vocalist[1] as well as lent his voice to a number of songs in the Schoolhouse Rock! series.


Tate was born in HaytiDurham, North Carolina.[1] In 1963 he moved to New York City, where he became the drummer in Quincy Jones‘s band.[1]

Grady Tate’s drumming helped to define a particular hard bop, soul jazz and organ trio sound during the mid-1960s and beyond. His slick, layered and intense sound is instantly recognizable for its understated style in which he integrates his trademark subtle nuances with sharp, crisp “on top of the beat” timing (in comparison to playing slightly before, or slightly after the beat). The Grady Tate sound can be heard prominently on many of the classic Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery albums recorded on the Verve label in the 1960s.[1]

Tate was the drummer on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for six years.[1] During the 1970s he was a member of the New York Jazz Quartet. In 1981 he played drums and percussion for Simon and Garfunkel’s Concert in Central Park.

As a sideman he has played with Lionel HamptonEarl HinesJimmy SmithGrant GreenBoogaloo Joe JonesLena HorneAstrud GilbertoElla FitzgeraldMiles DavisBlossom DearieChris ConnorSarah VaughanRay CharlesCal TjaderPeggy LeeBill EvansDuke EllingtonCount BasieTom RappRahsaan Roland KirkStanley TurrentineCharles EarlandQuincy JonesStan GetzWes Montgomery, and Robert Stewart (saxophonist).[1]

Among his most widely heard vocal performances are the songs “I Got Six”, “Naughty Number Nine”, and “Fireworks” from Multiplication Rock and America Rock, both part of the Schoolhouse Rock series.[1] For the 1973 motion picture Cops And Robbers, Tate sang the title song, written by Michel Legrand and Jacques Wilson.[2]

He has been on the faculty of Howard University since 1989.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • 1968: Windmills of My Mind (Skye)
  • 1970: After the Long Drive Home (Skye)
  • 1971: Feeling Life (Skye)
  • 1972: She Is My Lady (Janus)
  • 1975: By Special Request (Buddah)
  • 1977: Master Grady Tate (Impulse!)
  • 1991: TNT (Milestone)
  • 1992: Body & Soul (Milestone)
  • 2006: From the Heart: Songs Sung Live at the Blue Note (Half Note)

As sideman[edit]


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