Grady Tate

About Grady Tate

Not only an influential jazz drummer but also a gifted vocalist, Grady Tate was best known for drumming with the likes of Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery. His swinging but groove-conscious style proved to be a defining element of soul-jazz and the organ trio style of Smith and others throughout the 1960s. When he came out from behind the kit, Tate had a deep, rich voice that was heard on a number of excellent jazz recordings, and even on the Schoolhouse Rock! educational cartoon series. ~ Jim Allen

Durham, NC, United States
January 14, 1932

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