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.

Read a remembrance of Tate’s many and varied accomplishments written by Nate Chinen for NPR’s website.

Read Jazz Times‘ obituary.


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: