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date: 05 December 2019

Tate, Grady (B.)locked

  • J. Kent Williams
  • , revised by Barry Kernfeld


(b Durham, NC, Jan 14, 1932; d New York, Sept 8, 2017). American drummer and singer. He began singing as a small child, played drums from the age of five, and was at first self-taught; he learned jazz drumming while serving in the air force (1951–5). On his discharge he returned to Durham, where he studied theatre, literature, and psychology at North Carolina College and worked part-time as a musician. He then moved to Washington, DC (1959), played with Wild Bill Davis until early in 1962, and in 1963 moved to New York to work with Jerome Richardson and in Quincy Jones’s big band. Later he played with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Roland Kirk, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Bill Evans (ii), Oscar Peterson, Lalo Schifrin, Oliver Nelson, J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Billy Taylor (ii) (1966), Clark Terry (in his big band, ...

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