Nearing 70, the master drummer is as dynamic as ever. For his second gig at Newport, he opens his Rolodex to welcome leading lights like guitarist Lionel Loueke and bassist Christian McBride, and even duets on piano with Jason Moran.
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings “Everybody Loves My Baby” and “Where Do You Start.”