March 23, 2005
To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES Press Contact: JIM EIGO, [email protected]
The Jazz Museum in Harlem 104 East 126th Street New York, NY 10035 http://www.jazzmuseuminharlem.org/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Grady Tate featured at Harlem Speaks Grady Tate (March 24)
New York, NY (March 23, 2005) Harlem Speaks, the ongoing discussion series of the Jazz Museum in Harlem (held on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.) which gives overdue tribute to people whose lives and legacy keep jazz alive in Harlem.
Grady Tate (March 24) is a renowned session drummer who is prized for his driving or subtle coaxing of the beat. He has also displayed a warm, rhythmically agile baritone voice. Mr. Tate is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limit. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Quincy Jones, Jimmy Smith, Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughn, Lionel Hampton, Tony Bennett, Pearl Bailey, Peggy Lee, Michel Legrand, Lalo Schifrin, Andre Previn and others. He has released vocal albums on Skye, Buddah, Janus, Impulse and several Japanese labels, building an international reputation as a singer of the first rank. Some of his most recent CDs as a vocalist include TNT-Grady Tate Sings (1991) and Body and Soul (1992) both on the Milestone label, Feeling Free/Grady Tate Sings (1999) on the Pow Wow jazz label and most recently released in Japan All Love/Grady Tate Sings (2002 was released in US in September 2003). Mr. Tate has received two Grammy nominations as Best Male Pop Vocalist" (1973 and 1979). Many will remember Mr. Tate from his six years as the drummer for Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. He also served as assistant conductor and drummer for the Broadway shows Lena Horne, The Lady and Her Music, and Black and Blue. Grady Tate has been described as the best singer to emerge from the ranks of instrumentalist since Nat Cole."
The wondrous Gloria Lynne, a member of a generation of contralto singers embodying the sound of the golden era of jazz, was a pure delight on Thursday, March 10, 2005. Ms. Lynne related stories of her early years as a songstress and with grace and poise, shared experiences of difficult dealings in the recording industry to the filled the offices of the Jazz Museum in Harlem. This interview, as are all in this continuing series, is preserved on video for the museum archives.
The bi-weekly series, co-produced by the Jazz Museum in Harlem and Greg Thomas Associates, is held at the offices of the Jazz Museum in Harlem, located at 104 East 126th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues, from 6:30pm-8:00pm, beginning on March 10, 2005 until April 21st. The series is free to the public. Please call for reservations: 212 348-8300.