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Linda Tate

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.”

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