Tribute to Nat Adderley, Jr.

Nat Adderley, Jr., scion of the famed jazz family and international jazz pianist best known for his award-winning work as musical director, composer, and arranger for music icon Luther Vandross from 1981 until Vandross’ death in 2003.



FAME is grateful for the tireless work and energy that Nat Adderley, Jr. invested to help FAME’s founder organize and establish the year-round FAME Jazz Band Program in 2015.  The program’s objectives are to improve students’ musicianship and appreciation of Jazz while providing opportunities for students to showcase their talents, increase their academic skills, and learn the discipline for college and career success.

As the inaugural Artistic Director of the FAME Jazz Band, Mr. Adderley enriched the lives of many Prince George’s County Maryland middle and high school youth with his professional musical knowledge, experience, and mentorship.   His students have chosen to major or minor in music and are attending notable schools, including Howard University, University of Maryland, Berklee College of Music, North Carolina Central, and the New School.

Nat is a brilliant and passionate musician and educator who was determined to put the FAME Jazz Band on strong footing.  This commitment was exhibited by his two-year commitment to make round trip drives from New Jersey to Bowie, MD each week to teach the students on Mondays and Tuesdays after school.  He also conducted weekend performances and radio and television interviews.

Nat’s dynamic energy on and off the stage is infectious and he continues to serve as a mentor and role model for past and current students.


Nat Adderley Jr. Bio