KJAZZ Radio UK welcomes Rod Tate whose music captured our attention when we received his CD ‘Until Next Time’. His music reminds us of Boney James, Grover Washington, Jr. the CD features Grovers song “Not Yet”. The 11 Smooth/Contemporary Jazz originals will keep you groovin’, peaceful and uplifting all at the same time.
Rod Tate is a smooth/contemporary jazz and R&B saxophonist/songwriter, based out of his hometown, St. Louis, MO. Rod is a full time musician that performs as a solo act, duo(2 Smooth with guitarist Gregg “Happy Guitar” Haynes) and with his 5 piece band.
Rod attended Normandy High School in St. Louis Missouri. He was part of the music program under the direction of Bob Boedges. He was a member of the Jazz (Norseman), Concert, and Marching bands. In his senior year he was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz award, which is given each year to the senior who shows great promise in the jazz arena.
After high school, Rod attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He was part of the music program under the direction of Brett Stamps, where his focus was Jazz performance .
He was a member of the Jazz bands, combos, studied theory and the business of music. During his college days, is when his love of jazz intensified, in particular Traditional/Straight Ahead Jazz.
As a performer he has opened for contemporary jazz group Spyra Gyra, Pieces of A Dream, Chuck Loeb, Bob Baldwin, Marion Meadows, Phil Perry, Ramsey Lewis, Legendary Poet Sonia Sanchez and Lonnie Liston Smith. He has opened for Gospel artist Richard Smallwood and Gospel jazz keyboardist Ben Tankard, comedian /actor Tommy Davidson, Tavis Smiley, as well as, Hall of famer, Ozzie Smith.
Rod has appeared on B.E.T.’s segment of Jazz Discoveries. He has appeared on St. Louis’ Fox(Channel 2) morning show. He has appeared on St. Louis’ Show Me St. Louis on KSDK(Channel 5).
Rod’s states his intentions are to soothe the listeners soul and speak love to their spirits through his music, songwriting and musical expressions through the saxophone.
Lastly, some suggested usage of the, “Until Next Time…” CD, but not limited to these suggestions: If you are a person that loves to take a drive on a sunny Saturday Afternoon, this CD would make a nice sound track for your ride. If you are chillin’ at home after a long day and you are ready to exhale, this CD would be a nice soundtrack for your evening of Chillaxin’. If you are the type that loves to entertain and looking for a musical backdrop to set the atmosphere, this CD will do that for you. Last but not least, if you are setting up for that perfect evening with your significant other, guess what? This CD would be nice as your backdrop for a romantic evening… We could go on and on, but we’ll stop here.
Comments and what others are saying about Rod Tate
I am giving Rod Tate’s CDs as gifts to friends so they can experience what a delight his music is. If you haven’t purchased any of the CDs do so now! I listen to it on my way to work to keep me calm as my line of work can be hectic. – May
No if’s and’s or But’s about it! Simply the Best at Jazz!!! – Rickkita
I really appreciated your music. It was very soothing to my soul and a glass of wine just hit the spot.(smile) You have great talent! Keep up the GOOD WORK! Your CD is GREAT! Thanks for sharing your GIFT with the world!. Peace and Blessings – Moe in Cali
Rod Tate Sampler
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