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Nat Adderley
Birth name Nathaniel Adderley
Born November 25, 1931
Origin Tampa, Florida, USA
Died January 2, 2000 (aged 68)
Genres Hard bop
Occupations Cornettist
Instruments Cornet
Associated acts Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Johnny Griffin, Ron Carter, Sonny Fortune

Nathaniel Adderley (November 25, 1931 in Tampa, Florida – January 2, 2000 in Lakeland, Florida)[1] was an American jazz cornet and trumpet player who played in the hard bop and soul jazz genres. He was the brother of saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley.[1]



Nat moved to Tallahassee, Florida when both parents were hired to teach at Florida A&M University.[2] Nat and Cannonball played with Ray Charles in the early 1940s in Tallahassee.[3] In the 1950s he worked with his brother's original group, with Lionel Hampton, and with J. J. Johnson, then in 1959 joined his brother's new quintet and stayed with it until Cannonball's death in 1975. He composed "Work Song," "Jive Samba," and "The Old Country" for this group. [1]

After his brother's death he led his own groups and recorded extensively. During this period he worked with, among others, Ron Carter, Sonny Fortune, Johnny Griffin, Antonio Hart, and Vincent Herring. [1]

He also helped in the founding and development of the annual Child of the Sun Jazz Festival, held annually at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.

Adderley lived on 112th Street in Harlem in the 1960s and in Teaneck, New Jersey in the 1970s, before moving to Lakeland, Florida.[4] He had also lived near his brother in Corona, Queens.[5]

On his passing in 2000 at his home in Lakeland, Nat Adderley was interred near his brother in the Southside Cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida. His son, Nat Adderley, Jr. a keyboardist, was Luther Vandross' long time musical director.[6]

The pioneer white blues band, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, covered "Work Song" on their landmark album East-West, with amplified harmonica instead of brass.



As leader

  • 1955: Introducing Nat Adderley (EmArcy)
  • 1955: That's Nat Adderley (Savoy)
  • 1956: To the Ivy League from Nat (EmArcy)
  • 1958: Branching Out (Riverside/OJC)
  • 1959: Much Brass (Original Jazz Classics)
  • 1960: That's Right!: Nat Adderley & The Big Sax Section (Riverside/OJC)
  • 1960: Work Song (Riverside/OJC)
  • 1961: Naturally! (Jazzland)
  • 1962: In the Bag (Jazzland/OJC)
  • 1963: Little Big Horn (Riverside)
  • 1963: Natural Soul (Milestone)
  • 1964: Autobiography (Atlantic)
  • 1966: Live at Memory Lane (Atlantic)
  • 1966: Sayin' Somethin' (Atlantic)
  • 1968: Calling Out Loud (CTI Records)
  • 1968: The Scavenger (Milestone Records)
  • 1968: You, Baby (CTI Records)
  • 1969: Comin' Out Of The Shadows
  • 1970: Love, Sex and the Zodiac (Fantasy)
  • 1972: Soul of the Bible (Capitol)
  • 1972: The Soul Zodiac (Capitol)
  • 1974: Double Exposure (Prestige)
  • 1976: Don't Look Back (Inner City)
  • 1976: Hummin' (Little David)
  • 1978: A Little New York Midtown Music (Galaxy)
  • 1982: Blue Autumn [live] (Evidence)
  • 1983: On the Move [live] (Theresa)
  • 1989: We Remember Cannon (In & Out)
  • 1990: Autumn Leaves [live] (Evidence)
  • 1990: Talkin' About You (Landmark)
  • 1990: The Old Country (Enja)
  • 1990: Work Song: Live at Sweet Basil [live] (Peter Pan)
  • 1992: Workin' (Timeless)
  • 1993: Working (Sound Service)
  • 1994: Good Company (Jazz Challenge)
  • 1994: Live at the 1994 Floating Jazz Festival (Chiaroscuro)
  • 1995: Live on Planet Earth (Westwind)
  • 1995: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Evidence)

As sideman

With Cannonball Adderley

With Sonny Rollins


  1. ^ a b c d Allmusic Biography
  2. ^ Nat Adderly
  3. ^ Lydon, Michael, Ray Charles: Man and Music, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-97043-1, Routledge Publishing, January 22, 2004
  4. ^ Webb, Steve. "Nat Adderley remembers Dizzy - both musically and socially", The Ledger, January 9, 1993. Accessed September 10, 2009.
  5. ^ Berman, Eleanor. "The jazz of Queens encompasses music royalty", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 1, 2006. Accessed October 1, 2009. "When the trolley tour proceeds, Mr. Knight points out the nearby Dorie Miller Houses, a co-op apartment complex in Corona where Clark Terry and Cannonball and Nat Adderley lived and where saxophonist Jimmy Heath still resides."
  6. ^ Stewart, Zan. "Born to swing: Nat Adderley Jr. returns to his roots", The Star-Ledger, September 10, 2009. Accessed September 10, 2009.


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