Nat Adderley

Full Name: Nathaniel Adderley
Born: 25th November 1931
Died: 1st January 2000
Influences: Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry

Nat Adderley was born in 1931, in his teenage years he was adapt to singing, and indeed he was quite good at it, although when the inevitable puberty arrived Nat was forced to stop singing because his voice broke in a terrible way. Shortly after this and some encouragement from his father, Nat took up the trumpet and started to learn, as like his brother Julian "Cannonball" Adderley Nat was quick to learn on his instrument. In these teenage years Nat was also playing with local bands, soon after this started he switched over to the cornet.

from 1951 to 1953 Nat was playing in military bands, but his first break came from a man called Lionel Hampton who had quite a successful big band going at the time. Nat joined in 1954 and played continuously with them until his depture only a year later. 1956 saw Nat finally join his older brother in a quintet, this band was not as successful as was thought, and again a year later the band disbanded after financial difficulties. Cannonball went on to play with Miles Davis and Nat played with J.J. Johnson and with band leader Woody Herman.

Following his stint with Davis, Cannonball again asked Nat if he would play in another quintet and the 2 brothers were reunited. This band continued until Cannonball's untimely death in 1975, however Nat carried on the band and infact led some fantastic sessions of his own, mostly for the Riverside label. Nat was also a well-known sidemen playing in many classic sessions. The 1990s proved to be a good year for him when he played with some of the top young Alto Saxophone players of that time, including Vincent Herring whose style owes much to Cannonball.

Nats style

Nat has really kept his roots by playing the same hardbop way, he did in his final years of life have an extensive knowledge of bebop as well. The solos he performed were often lyrical with him blazing in the upper register, and finally with the rapid fire runs that made him a rival with some of the big players.

Nat was really compared with Miles Davis, but I think this was really quite wrong, with Nat having sounds which was more suited to Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry.

Selected Discography

As a leader

As a sideman

Discography -

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