Linda Tate is a jazz vocalist, songwriter, and composer who recently released a new album, Geography, a travel-inspired collection of her original songs.
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Linda's early musical experiences were shaped by her parents' love of jazz. Her father's huge record collection included a veritable jazz cornucopia of legends like Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Billy Eckstein, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, and Ella Fitzgerald. Her parents' social life during the 1930's included formal parties where the popular big bands of the day used to perform. As a family, they regularly attended musical theater and Hollywood musicals at the movies. She studied piano throughout her childhood, and as a teenager, performed as a folk singer accompanying herself on guitar. Later, Linda went on to study music at Roosevelt University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in music composition and at DePaul University, where she earned a master's degree in jazz studies/vocal performance. She performs in concert and for private and corporate events in musical ensembles ranging from duos to big bands. In 2008, she was recognized as one of the top jazz singers in Scott Yanow's book, "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide."
As a critically acclaimed recording artist, poet, and composer, Linda's debut CD on Southport Records, "We Belong Together," is a collection of songs which expresses her musical vision. It includes songs by classic jazz masters and popular musical theater composers as well as the sultry Brazilian strains of Milton Nascimento and contemporary composers like Chick Corea. Her second CD on Southport Records, "Time, Seasons and the Moon," was released in September, 2000 to rave reviews. This mature collection features songs which are varied in musical timbre and arrangement, and wind through themes of time, seasons and the moon. In October of 2003, she released her third CD, "We Speak Duke," on Southport Records to an enthusiastic audience at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theatre. "We Speak Duke" is a magical journey into the music and essence of jazz master Duke Ellington. With stunning arrangements by Chicago pianist/arranger Bradley Williams and realized in the studio by his Original 21st Century Review, the CD is a delicious epic with multiple singers and horns carrying the weight of traditional swing into the new century. Her new album, "Geography," is available now. Inspired by global travel, it is an engaging collection of her original songs. Featuring a top-notch roster of Chicago jazz talent, Linda's delightful vocals, catchy melodies, and inspiring lyrics, this album is her best yet!