Nadine Fambrough-Gates

Songwriter, Woodwinds & Vocalist

About Me

Nadine Fambrough-Gates is a native of Philadelphia, Pa. Born into a musical family, her mother was an organist of various churches in the Philadelphia area; father sang bass in the Male Chorus at they church and her brother The Late Charles Fambrough was a professional jazz bassist, composer, producer and teacher. Nadine was introduced to music at the years of age 4 by her mother. She sang in the children's choir at church and learned to play piano under her mother's tutelage before transferring to Settlement School of Music. She also performed with The Philadelphia All-City Elementary Girls Choir. Nadine continued singing until she graduated Junior High Schools. Nadine started her music journey as an instrumentalist and songwriter at West Philadelphia High School; studying harmony and theory. She also played cello, clarinet and flute in the orchestra and marching band. Nadine continued her education at various music schools in the Philadelphia area. To name a few The Granoff School of Music, Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and Temple University Music Preparatory; studying vocal and various instruments including saxophone. Nadine performed with various gospel groups. To name a few, Barbara Ward Farmer and the Wagner Phase II Choir, The Brockington Ensemble. She also toured with The Gabriel Hardeman Delegation, Arneld Dupree & Company and The Philadelphia AME Mass Choir. In 1992 Nadine has worked with some of the finest jazz musicians; Kenny Garrett, Kenny Kirkland, Bill O'Connell, Grover Washington Jr., Jeff Watts and Charles Fambrough, on his "The Charmer" CD . Nadine recorded and published her first song entitled Precious Time under her own publishing company Fambrough Gates Music; which was recorded on the Jazz/FM Disc Makers Philadelphia Jazz Showcase Compilation CD in December 1995. The song was written for the Temple University Public Radio CD project which showcased the local songwriters and musicians in the Philadelphia area. Charles Fambrough produces this song. Nadine performed as a saxophonist and became one of the songwriters for The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Church of God in Christ Mass Choir's CD Projects. She presented three songs to the choir. Two songs entitled Come and Praise the Lord and Praise Him, was Recorded Live at the 80th and 82nd Annual Holy Convocation Compilation CD September 2000 and August 2002 in Philadelphia, Pa. The third song entitled God Has Been So Good was performed at the 83rd Annual Holy Convocation for the Mass Choir's 4th Live Recording in King of Prussia. Pa. This project was created to showcased songwriters of various Church of God in Christ churches in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania area. In 2013 Nadine joined The Remedy Jazz Band as a saxophonist and flutist, along with her husband Al Gates, bassist. The band performs jazz standards for private parties and church functions in the Philadelphia area.

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2017-02-07

I love jazz because my brother (Charles) was a professional jazz bassist.

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