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Old 10-13-2017, 07:36 AM
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Jazz drummer and singer Grady Tate has died. If you are of a certain age, you might remember him singing a couple of “Schoolhouse Rock” songs, ”I Got Six” and “Naughty Number Nine”.
Grady Tate, Prodigious Jazz Drummer And Noted Vocalist, Dies At 85 : NPR
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:12 AM
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If I did a City Data search on Tate I doubt that I would find a lot on him. Sad, because he was an excellent drummer, he just didn't have the name behind him like other drummers such as Buddy Rich or Gene Krupa. But he had a notable name about him, particularly on late night tv. He was the drummer on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show for several years. He knew about playing to big audiences, he was the drummer on Simon and Garfunkel's classic lp Concert In Central Park.

When I think of his session work, one label comes to mind and that is Verve Records. Tate sat in on sessions with the best of what Verve had to offer; Quincy Jones (who was originally in Quincy's band), Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, Wes Montgomery, Count Basie, Cal Tjader, and many other Jazz artists. Speaking of Cal Tjader, Tjader started up a small but great label called Skye Records. Some of Tate's work can be found on that label, my favorite being "Windmills Of My Mind."
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Old 10-13-2017, 10:36 AM
Location: Sweden
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I posted this great record three years ago:


He did some excellent work with Jimmy Smith in the 60s, records I always have to listen to once in a while.
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