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We Speak Duke

by Linda Tate

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    You will also receive a pdf e-book containing album artwork, liner notes, credits, and the lyric for Linda's original performance piece, We Speak Duke.

    100% of any digital downloads or physical CD purchases will be donated to Reading In Motion, a stellar Chicago non-profit organization which uses the arts to teach at-risk primary grade students how to read.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    A unique, swinging tribute to Duke Ellington. Comes in a plastic jewel case with a 4-color, 8 panel fold-out which includes liner notes, credits and the lyric for Linda's original composition, We Speak Duke.

    Includes unlimited streaming of We Speak Duke via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 5 Linda Tate releases available on Bandcamp and save 25%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Map of the Heart, Geography, We Speak Duke, Time, Seasons and the Moon, and We Belong Together. , and , .

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Caravan 04:09
Cotton Tail 03:05
Daydream 05:15


Linda Tate has a pretty, velvety voice that sounds like it was made to navigate Ellington’s subtle melodies. This is a lot more than nostalgia. This is a tribute that really shines and sounds as ineffably cool as Mr. Ellington himself. – Jerome Wilson, Cadence Magazine


released September 1, 2003

Featuring Linda Tate, vocalist/composer, along with arrangements by bandleader/pianist/vocalist, Bradley Williams and his Original 21st Century Review, in a tribute to Duke Ellington. Special guest, vocalist, Joanie Pallatto. Also features vocalists Gingi Lahera and Patricia Mosley, and Dan DeLorenzo, bass, Richie Fudoli, clarinet, flute, soprano and tenor saxophones, Tim McNamara, clarinet, baritone and soprano saxophones, Audrey Morrison, trombone, Doug Scharf, flugelhorn and trumpet, and Jim Widlowski, drums and percussion.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joanie Pallatto with additional recording by Bradley Parker-Sparrow at Sparrow Sound Design, Chicago IL and released on Southport Records.

Photography by Jennifer Girard, Chicago, IL

Graphic Design by Al Brandtner, Chicago, IL

Liner Notes by Neil Tesser, Chicago Jazz Music Examiner


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Linda Tate Chicago, Illinois

Linda Tate is a jazz vocalist, songwriter, and composer from Chicago who has released three outstanding albums on Southport Records. Her recent, independently-produced album, "Geography" is a travel-inspired collection of her original songs. Her new project, Map of the Heart, is a collection of original, contemporary songs at the intersection of jazz, classical and world music. ... more

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