Nat Adderley

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Nat Adderley
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Adderley performing in Braunschweig in 1993
Background information
Birth name Nathaniel Adderley
Born (1931-11-25)November 25, 1931
Tampa, Florida, United States
Origin Lakeland, Florida, United States
Died January 2, 2000(2000-01-02) (aged 68)
Genres Hard bop
Occupations Cornettist
Instruments Cornet
Labels Savoy, Wing, EmArcy, Riverside, Jazzland, Atlantic, Milestone
Associated acts Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Johnny Griffin, Ron Carter, Sonny Fortune

Nathaniel Adderley (November 25, 1931 – January 2, 2000)[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]


Adderley was born in Tampa, Florida, but moved to Tallahassee, Florida, when both parents were hired to teach at Florida A&M University.[2] He and Cannonball played with Ray Charles in the early 1940s in Tallahassee.[3] In the 1950s Nat Adderley 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]

Upon his death as a result of complications from diabetes, aged 68, in Lakeland, Florida, in January 2000,[6] Adderley was interred near his brother in the Southside Cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida. His son, Nat Adderley, Jr., a keyboardist, was Luther Vandross's long-time musical director.[7]


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As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Cannonball Adderley

With Gene Ammons

With Kenny Burrell

With Charlie Byrd

  • Top Hat (1975)

With James Clay

With Bennie Green and Gene Ammons

With Johnny Griffin

With J.J. Johnson

With Jimmy Heath

With Milt Jackson

With Philly Joe Jones

With Sam Jones

With Wynton Kelly

With Sonny Rollins

With Don Wilkerson


  1. ^ a b c d Allmusic Biography
  2. ^ Nat Adderley
  3. ^ Lydon, Michael, Ray Charles: Man and Music, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-97043-1, 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. ^ "Nat Adderley, Jazz Cornetist, Is Dead at 68". The New York Times. January 4, 2000. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  7. ^ 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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