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Grady Tate

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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

Album

Stretchin' Out

Label: Nagel Heyer Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Lady Is a Tramp; Yesterdays; Mambo Sangria; East of the Sun (And West of the Moon); Fried Bananas; Mambo at the "M"; September; Amazon; Pretty Young Girl (Menina Bonita); Misty; La Bamba; It Ain't Necessarily So; Close Your Eyes; Viva Cepeda; Solar Heat; I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face; Armando's Bossa; For All We Know; Para Ti; Skyline Waltz; Mambo Macumba; For Heaven's Sake; Speak Low; Triste.

Album

With Strings Attached, 1957-1965

Label: New Land Records
Released: 2023
Track listing:

The Jazz Harpist

Thou Swell; Stella by Starlight; Dancing on the Ceiling; Aeolian Groove; Quietude; Spicy; Lamentation.

Hip Harp

Pawky; Moonlight in Vermont; Back Talk; Dancing in the Dark; Charmaine; Jollity; There's a Small Hotel.

In a Minor Groove

Rascallity; You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To; It's a Minor Thing; Yesterdays; Bohemia After Dark; Taboo; Autumn in Rome; Alone Together.

Soft Winds: The Swinging Harp of Dorothy Ashby

Soft Winds; Wild as the Wind; The Man I Love; My Ship; Love Is Here to Stay; I've Never Been in Love Before; With Strings Attached; Laura; The Guns of Navarone; Misty; The Gypsy in My Soul.

Dorothy Ashby

Lonely Melody; Secret Love; Gloomy Sunday; Satin Doll; John R.; Li'l Darlin'; Booze; Django; You Stepped Out of a Dream; Stranger in Paradise.

The Fantastic Jazz Harp of Dorothy Ashby

Flighty; Essence of Sapphire; Why Did You Leave Me; I Will Follow You; What Am I Here For; House of the Rising Sun; Invitation; Nabu Corfa; Feeling Good; Dodi Li.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Holiday releases By Jae Sinnett, George Burton, Gregory Porter, Nicky Schrire, Aubrey Logan Plus A Celebration of Bob Dorough's Centennial

Read "Holiday releases By Jae Sinnett, George Burton, Gregory Porter, Nicky Schrire, Aubrey Logan Plus A Celebration of Bob Dorough's Centennial" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new music from Sarah L. King, with holiday releases from Jae Sinnett, George Burton, Gregory Porter, Nicky Schrire, Aubrey Logan, plus birthday shoutouts to Beegie Adair, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, with a special nod to Jazz Master Bob Dorough for his centennial. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by ...

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Article: Album Review

Dorothy Ashby: With Strings Attached, 1957-1965

Read "With Strings Attached, 1957-1965" reviewed by John Chacona


Imagine if Sidney Bechet, Charlie Christian and Jimmy Smith were barely remembered and recordings of their music were long unavailable and known only on the geekiest corners of Discogs. That is essentially the status of harpist Dorothy Ashby. Like the three figures cited above, Ashby essentially created a language for her chosen instrument, the harp, where ...

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Article: Album Review

Karl-Henrik Ousbäck: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Drummers do not always get the respect they deserve and yet, in a jazz context, their contributions are an integral part in the overall success of the music. Aside from genre leaders such as Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, and Art Blakey, relatively few drummer-led sessions have entered into the upper echelon of recorded jazz ...

Article: Profile

Dorothy Ashby: With Strings Attached, 1957-1965

Read "Dorothy Ashby: With Strings Attached, 1957-1965" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Questo lussuoso cofanetto di sei LP in edizione limitata dedicato all'arpista Dorothy Ashby è un importante contributo che colma l'attuale vuoto di registrazioni e rende giustizia a un'artista tanto importante quanto dimenticata. Non troverete il suo nome sulle massime storie ed enciclopedie del jazz, e la sua morte prematura dell'aprile 1986 (aveva 55 anni) fu data ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day 2023 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day 2023 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Record Store Day, which started in 2007, is a biannual event designed to promote independent record stores. Every Record Store Day drop features limited-edition vinyl releases in practically every genre of music. The releases, however, are offered on a limited basis, and they are available for one time only. As a result, collectors often wait in ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Michel Legrand: Hollywood Hitmaker And Jazz Genius

Read "Michel Legrand: Hollywood Hitmaker And Jazz Genius" reviewed by Chris May


For many jazz fans, Michel Legrand is celebrated, if he is celebrated at all, for one album only: the masterpiece Legrand Jazz (Columbia, 1958). But Legrand's jazz legacy is more extensive than that, including other historic recordings, with large and small ensembles, under his own name and by Stan Getz and Phil Woods, whose Images (RCA, ...


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