Photo Of Grady Tate By Janus Records (Billboard, page 1, 4 November 1972) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Drum Magazine mourns the passing on Sunday, October 8, of drummer and vocalist Grady Tate, whose performing and recording career spanned more than 50 years. Tate’s professional resume and discography includes such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Jimmy Smith, Tony Bennett, Roberta Flack, Paul Simon, and Ella Fitzgerald, to name but a few. Tate was also the drummer in Doc Severinsen’s Tonight Show Orchestra from 1968 through 1974.
Grady Tate teams with Steve Gadd on drums to create the mozambique groove that drives Paul Simon’s “Late In The Evening,” as performed in Simon & Garfunkel’s The Concert In Central Park in 1981: