Sunday, November 29, 2009


American jazz cornet and trumpet player Nathaniel Adderley was born on November 25, 1931 in Tampa, Florida and played in the hard bop and soul jazz genres. He was the brother of saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderly.

Nat moved to Tallahassee,Florida when both parents were hired to teach at Florida A&M University. Nat and Cannonball played withRay Charles in the early 1940s in Tallahassee.

In the 1950s he worked with his brother's original group, with Lionel Hampton, and with J.J. Johnson, then in 1959 joined his brother's new quintet and stayed with it until Cannonball's death in 1975. He composed "Work Song," "Jive Samba," and "The Old Country" for this group.

After his brother's death he led his own groups and recorded extensively. During this period he worked with, among others, Ron Carter,Sonny Fortune,Johnny Griffin, Antonio Hart, and Vincent Herring.

He also helped in the founding and development of the annual Child of the Sun Jazz Festival, held annually at Florida South College in Lakeland, Florida.

On his passing in 2000 at his home in Lakeland, Nat Adderley was interred near his brother in the Southside Cemetery in Tallahassee,Florida. His son, Nat Adderly Jr. a keyboardist, was Luther Vandross' long time musical director.

The pioneer white blues band, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, covered "Work Song" on their landmark album East-West, with amplified harmonica instead of brass.
Nat plays "Work Song"
Reference - Wikipédia

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