Johnny Pate

Johnny Pate (born December 5, 1923, Chicago Heights, Illinois) is a jazz bassist who late became a music arranger/producer, and a leading figure in Chicago soul as well as pop/R music. Pate learned to play piano and tuba as a child, and later picked up the bass and learned arranging while serving in the Army. Following stints with Coleridge Davis and Stuff Smith in the 1940s, in 1951 Pate was recording on Chess Records with Eddie South and his Orchestra, credited on bass and arrangements. This was also the first of a series of Chess recordings on which Pate collaborated with saxophonist Eddie Johnson. In the 1950s he was also a resident arranger for Red Saunders' house band at the Club DeLisa. Johnny Pate's trio recorded for a number of local Chicago labels like Gig and Talisman. For the Cincinnati based Federal Records, the Johnny Pate Quintet had a hit with "Swinging Shepherd Blues," which reached number 17 on Billboard's R chart in spring 1958. One of the last albums on which Pate played bass was James Moody’s 1958 album Last Train from Overbrook, released on the Chess subsidiary, Argo Records. Pate did the arrangements for B.B.

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