The Nat Adderley, Jr. Quartet

February 17, 2024 at 7:30pm
The Velvet Note
4075 Old Milton Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30005

Nat Adderley, Jr. hails from an amazing legacy of music. His father is trumpeter Nat Adderley, brother and longtime bandmate to legendary jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. Despite composing two of his uncle’s recordings and performing on one of them, the 1970 title track, “The Price You Got to Pay to Be Free,’ Nat went on a different path that at first was completely non-musical. After graduating from Yale University with a degree in African American Studies, Nat worked for a while in Houston, but then the path of music chose him when he found he could make more money playing a two-hour daily piano gig than a desk job.

At that point, old friend Luther Vandross came calling and recruited Nat as his music director, pianist, arranger and eventual composer and producer. Like his father, Nat put most of his musical eggs into one basket, yet far afield from the family jazz mine. It wasn’t until years later, that Nat’s musical path finally forked into the jazz direction of his famous uncle and father.

Now leading the Nat Adderley Quartet, the talented Jersey jazzster will play on the 16th and 17th at Georgia’s No 1 Jazz Club: The Velvet Note!

Show Times: 7:30pm and 9:30pm

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