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Grady Tate

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: January 14, 1932    

Grady Tate

Born in Durham, N.C., Grady Tate began singing at age four and he began playing drums at age five. For the past three decades his distinctive sound has graced literally hundreds of recordings with world-renowned artists such as Quincy Jones, Jimmy Smith, Lionel Hampton, Stan Getz, Pearl Bailey, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Della Reese, Sarah Vaughan, Michael LeGrand, Lalo Schrifin, and Andre Previn. He graduated from North Carolina Central University with a degree in English literature/drama and a minor in Psychology. He taught English and Speech in Washington, DC, but his desire to pursue an acting career lead him to New York City and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Once in New York, however, his reputation as an outstanding musician resulted in work with Quincy Jones....
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  • From the Heart: Songs Sung Live at the Blue Note

    Half Note Records
    2007
  • Master Grady Tate

    Skye Records
    1977
  • Funiculi Funicula

    Skye Records
    1977
  • Funiculi Funicula / Dream Love

    Skye Records
    1977
  • Movin' Day

    Skye Records
    1974
  • By Special Request

    Skye Records
    1974
  • Be Black Baby

    Skye Records
    1969
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