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 and with his 4 piece band(5 pieces including himself) as well.
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 music can be heard or has been heard on The Weather Channel, Music Choice, DMX Music and many radio stations across the world.
Rod was named smooth jazz artist of the month on EchoSmoothJazz.com
Rod was named smooth jazz artist of the month on Whitester Radio-Smoothjazz.com
As an artist, performer, and musician. Rod's goals are to continue to learn, grow, and to touch lives positively through his musical expressions. As a songwriter, Rod's motto is: " This music is intended to soothe your soul and speak love to your spirit ". Rod also aspires to have his music in movies, commercials, and television programming.
Rod clearly knows how to write romantic melodies and plays his instruments with a style that oozes peace and tranquility.
Rod Tate has independently released numerous CD's as a solo artist, proving he has the necessary drive and inner strength, in addition to the business acumen to match his musical artistry. Giving 100 percent of his heart and soul to his fans and listeners, he touches lives positively through his musical expressions. This bodes well for him in the future.
Reviewer: Randall Parrish, JazzReview.com
"I think you are awesome !!! I really like your style !!! Your music is the sound that I want to achieve for Whitester Radio-Smooth jazz(via live 365)."
David White, Whitester Radio(via Live 365.com)
"Three simple words can describe this saxophonist: Smooth, Soulful and Upbeat"
Peter Su, CIM Radio.com
"Tate has a smooth, nice tone & his playing makes him someone to keep an eye on."
Gary Nelson, Jazzreview.com
"Smooth jazz that melts the butter on the uneaten corn."
Ben Ohmart, Musicdish.com
"Tate's jazz is among the smoothest. Profoundly influenced by '70's Quiet Storm music & the seductive, throaty growl of Grover Washington Jr. He takes listeners on a journey into a world where all bed sheets are made of satin, and there is never a shortage of red wine."
Noah E., listen.com
"Rod Tate takes you on a wonderful, smooth & soulful journey. Smooth Jazz sax at its best !"
ROD TATE'S OTHER CD'S ON CDBABY :
Heart & Soul
Additional CD's can be found at Rod Tate's website :
www.rodtate.com (payments made securely via PAYPAL)