Musical Artist, Radio Broadcaster, Television Broadcaster, Freelance Writer, Entertainment Publication, Jazz Historian
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When I was living in Boston, I had every intention of making my career as a jazz musician. And why shouldn't I? I was proficient as a pianist and vibraphonist (I'd been playing piano since I was 5 years old). The city and its musical Mecca, the Berklee School, made Boston one of the most exciting jazz environments in the country attracting talented musical artists from all over the world. For years, I was one of the house pianists at Paul's Mall, one of three great venues in Kenmore Square that included the Jazz Workshop and the Inner Circle. It was usual to find me and my trio in the Mall, while John Coltrane or Mongo Santamaria performed at The Jazz Workshop and Keith Jarrett played solo piano in The Inner Circle. With Boston the home of many great pianists at that time including Dave McKenna, Chick Corea, Alan Broadbent, and Jan Hammer, I had ample inspiration to develop the style that was unique.
But I discovered that I had other talents as a television producer and broadcaster. I became the moving force behind the country's first-ever weekly jazz television program, JAZZ on WGBH-TV. For three seasons, I, as the program's producer, procured some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians, including Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderly, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Mann, and Wynton Kelly. They all appeared live in the studio. The visual style, unique feel and musical excellence of that series has never been duplicated. I later produced the first television broadcast of the Newport Jazz Festival.
These successes led me become more involved as a producer. While I found it tricky balancing two careers, I managed to find theme for both. In 1970 I moved to New York City and there worked as a segment producer for ABC Television. I spent three years producing a television series with Lloyd Bridges and still found theme to join a band led by Lou Levy, backing singer Peggy Lee, and work jazz gigs around the city.
Invited to join Dallas’ KERA-TV as Executive Producer in the mid -70s, I created musical television programs of all genres. After a three year stint, I joined Joe Camp at Mulberry Square Productions, home of “Benji”, and a few years later, along with producer Hardy Rose, I formed TannebringRose Associates, a commercial film production company.
Between film shoots, there was time to play with saxophonists James Clay and Marchell Ivory at the famed Recovery Room. I spent an exciting year playing piano and vibes in a quintet led by David "Fathead” Newman. I also performed regularly at Dallas' Fairmont Hotel, The Mandalay Hotel and the Westin Galleria.
1989, I moved to Los Angeles, landing at Stephen J. Canell Productions and shortly thereafter joined the staff of Candid Camera as a producer.
Recently, in addition to writing for film and television, I’ve been working as a journalist. My articles appear in Affluent Living, Ability, Nurses World, Valley View Magazine, Littoral Magazine and Arriving Magazine,
and I contribute music reviews and artist interviews to the on-line sites, JazzReview.com, and All About Jazz.com. I’ve also produced and hosted an internet radio show, “Jazz Then and Now”.
But my passion is playing music and my lifelong love affair with jazz. Currently my band is web cast from Laguna Beach on www.rock.com and I appear regularly with my trio in Los Angeles, Orange County and Palm Springs.
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.
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."
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