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The Nat Adderley Quintet captured at Jazz Festival Bern in Bern, Switzerland in 1987 performing "Why Indianapolis, Why Not Indianapolis?" and "Mysterioso."

The Nat Adderley Quintet: Nat Adderley (trumpet), J.J. Johnson (trombone), Harold Land (tenor sax), Cedar Walton (piano), Richard Davis (bass), and Roy McCurdy (drums).

Nathaniel Adderley was born in Tampa, Florida on November 25, 1931 and moved to Tallahassee, Florida when both parents were hired to teach at Florida A&M University.

Nat became a trumpeter performing hard bop and soul jazz. He and his brother, saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley played with Ray Charles in the early 1940's in Tallahassee. In the 1950's he worked with his brother's original group, with Lionel Hampton, and with J. J. Johnson, then in 1959 joined his brother's new quintet and stayed with it until Cannonball's death in 1975. During his time with the group he composed "Work Song," "Jive Samba," and "The Old Country" for them.

After his brother's death he led his own groups and recorded extensively performing with, Ron Carter, Sonny Fortune, Johnny Griffin, Antonio Hart, and Vincent Herring. He also helped in the founding and development of the annual Child of the Sun Jazz Festival, held annually at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.

Nat moved around a bit, he lived on 112th Street in Harlem in the 1960's and in Teaneck, New Jersey in the 1970's, before moving to Lakeland, Florida. He had also at one point lived near his brother in Corona, Queens.

Nat Adderley died as a result of complications from diabetes on January 2, 2000 and was buried near his brother in the South Side Cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida.

*His son, keyboardist Nat Adderley Jr. was Luther Vandross' long time musical director.

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