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Price: $185.00

MINT CONDITION

BUDDY TATE - SAXOPHONIST

Autographed matte, double-weight 8” x 10” photograph of the legendary tenor sax player to jazz photographer Al White.  Legendary bassist Milt Hinton is on the left and the great drummer Gus Johnson is also in the band.  This is an original reverse blind stamped Al White photograph.

Tate (1913-2001) was born in Texas and played in a band with his brothers called “McCloud’s Night Owls” whilst a teenager.  He also played with the St. Louis Merrymakers.  He soon moved onto the tenor sax and joined Count Basie in 1939, played lead tenor sax, replacing his friend Herschel Evans after his sudden death and was with the band until 1948.  He then decided to stay in NYC playing for Lucky Millinder, Hot Lips Page and Jimmy Rushings’ bands.  He was given his own residency at the Celebrity Club in Harlem and stayed there for some 21 years.  Over the years he also toured and played with Buck Clayton, Jay McShann and Al Grey.  Tate was a prolific recording artist with a rather large recorded legacy.  His playing was considered “soft and buttery” and at the same time he could swing with the best of them.  His late playing after a scalding water incident which laid him up for a few years was considered more bluesy.

The late Al White was a jazz lover and began taking photographs of the various sessions and concerts he saw.  He would bring two photographs to the next concert or session where the artist was appearing, one for the artist and one  to be signed.  He amassed a huge collection over the years, many were sold at Heritage Auctions in Dallas in 2006.  White published the book, Jazz Party, A Photo Gallery of Great Jazz Musicians in 2000 featuring many of his photographs. This photograph was not part of the auction. 

Great image, rarely encountered!

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