Greg Tate

Via New York, NY, USA

Greg Tate is a writer, cultural producer and musician who has lived in Harlem since 1984. He was a Staff Writer at The Village Voice from 1987–2004. His books include Flyboy in The Buttermilk, Everything But The Burden—What White People Are Taking From Black Culture and Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix And The Black Experience.

In 1985 Tate helped co-found the Black Rock Coalition with Vernon Reid and other firebrands of the era. Since 1999 he has led the Conducted Improv ensemble, Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, who've released 16 albums on their own AvantGroidd imprint. The group also recently launched the band Rebellum, which they call ''our avant-pop splinter-cell unit.''

Tate has taught seminar classes for Yale's Graduate Art Program and for Columbia University's Jazz Studies module. He is currently a visiting professor at Brown University, where he teaches courses on the History of AfroFuturism and Black Science Fiction. This fall, Tate will be teaching at Williams College as their Sterling Brown Visiting Professor. Next year, Duke University Press will publish Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader.


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