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The Jumpin' Blues

Grady Tate

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Defining Bebop & Soul


Grady Tate in his element with friends.


Jimmy Smith, organ
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Grady Tate, drums

Hard bop and soul drummer and vocalist Grady Tate was born in Durham, North Carolina on January 14, 1932.

He moved to New York City in 1963 and joined Quincy Jones's band while working as a sideman with others.

Tate's drumming helped to define the hard bop sound heard on classic Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery Verve LPs of the 1960s.

During the 1970s he was the drummer with the "The Tonight Show" band for six years and a member of the "New York Jazz Quartet".

His most recognizable vocal performances are the songs "I Got Six", "Naughty Number Nine", and "Fireworks", all part of the Schoolhouse Rock animated educational series.

Grady Tate has been a member of the facility at Howard university since 1989.

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