Rod Tate

Rod Tate

 Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The best way to describe my sound is by the phrase, "This music is intended to soothe your soul and speak love to your spirit". My style of music is reminiscent of contemporary jazz greats such as Grover Washington Jr., Najee & Gerald Albright, yet encapturing my own unique musical expressions


Rod Tate is a Saxophonist/Songwriter that performs smooth/contemporary jazz, gospel jazz and R&B, based out of his hometown, St. Louis, MO. Rod is a full time musician that performs primarily as a Solo act.

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). He has appeared as musical guest on Trinity Broadcasting Networks (TBN) "Praise The Lord"

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

Rod was named smooth jazz artist of the month on Whitester

2013 Rod's music was added to Pandora Radio

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.

Below is a partial list of Organizations/Corporations/Clubs that Rod has performed for :

*The Gatesworth *Partners For Progress *The St. Louis Rams *The Demetrious Johnson Foundation *The Joe Torry Foundation *JFK Construction *US Bank *Mt. Pleasant Winery *Hidden Lake Winery *Westborough Country Club *Marriot Hotel *Hilton Hotel *New Town *Cafe' Bellagio *Cafe' Napoli *Finale *The Loft *St. Louis Jazz Cafe *The Pageant *MO Black Expo * The Cabanne House *Club Divinity *Victorian House Of Agape *Anheuser Busch *Clear Channel Broadcasting *Bonneville Broadcasting *Missouri History Museum *St. Louis Galleria *The Robert's Bros. *Plaza Motors *St. Charles Princess Cruises *Ameristar Casino *Harrah's Casino *BJC Healthcare West *The Signature Room

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A Taste of Eternity(1994)

True Love Never Fails (1995)

Too Smooth(Vol.1)(2000)-2Smooth(Rod Tate & Gregg "Happy Guitar" Haynes)

With You... (2001)

Let's Talk (2002)

Tatejazz (2003 )

I'm Still Here (2004) - The title track can be heard (Sunday - Thursday on Majic 104.9 in St. Louis) on the Quiet Storm behind the voice of hos Darrel "Easy" Eason.

A Musical Portrait (2004) - The song The Mystery Of Love can be heard on the Quiet Storm as well.

Worship Him (2004)

Driven (2005)- being played on various stations around the country.

An Atmosphere Of Worship (2005)

My Tribute(2006)( A Tribute to Luther Vandross, Grover Washington Jr., Art Porter

Rod Tate (2006)(A collection of 9 modern jazz originals and 3 classic covers)

Tatenotic (2007)

Jazzy Melodies Of Christmas

Heart & Soul (2008)- Includes the single :Red Beans & Rice,

Peace (2010)

Blessed (2010)

Until Next Time... (2012)

In The Spirit (2012)

Groovitis ( 2013)

Love (2014)

Rod's Cd's are available online at:, cd,, and

Set List

My sets are generally 2- 3 hours in length, with 1 or 2 breaks(as a solo act) depending on the audience. With the band there is generally 1 or 2 breaks as well.

When in concert or touring my sets are 90minutes.

My typical repertoire includes covers and originals, covers such as:

Always and Forever - Heatwave
Everything I Miss At Home - Cherrelle
Like A Star - Corinne Bailey Rae
Tell Me All About It - Michael Franks
Moody's Mood - James Moody
I'm Only Human - Luther Vandross
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band
Sailing - Christopher Cross
Golden Time Of Day - Frankie Beverly
Feel The Fire - Peabo Bryson
Sumthin' Sumthin' - Maxwell
The Secret Garden - Quincy Jones
I Wanna Be Loved - Eric Benet
Wait For Love - Luther Vandross
What you won't do for love - Bobby Caldwell
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
That's The Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson
Got To Be There - The Jackson Five
All This Love - El DeBarge
What's Going On ? - M