Since then, he has played with many, many musicians and vocalists, from Jazz to Pops. Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, and Charles Aznavour comprise but a partial list of the people with whom he has performed.
Many will remember Mr. Tate from his six years as the drummer for Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. It is needless to say about his career as a drummer, but he has an international reputation as a singer of first rank. He received two Grammy nominations as "Best Male Pop Vocalist" in 1973 and 1979. He has been described as "the best singer to emerge from the ranks of instrumentalists since Nat King Cole."