I never heard of a Jazz musician who retired. You love what you do, so what are you going to do . . . play for the walls?
— Nat Adderley
 
 
 
 
 

Nat Adderley Jr. is best known for his work with Luther Vandross.  Nat wrote (and arranged) Luther’s first top 20 pop hit, “Stop to Love”, and some other important Luther songs, including “Wait for Love” and the Grammy-nominated “Give me the Reason”.  Nat also arranged many of Luther’s most popular records, including “Superstar”, “Here and Now”, “If Only for One Night”,  “Creepin”, “If This World Were Mine”, “So Amazing”, “There’s Nothing Better Than Love”, “Never Too Much” , and “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”.  Additionally,  Nat produced tracks on the last seven Vandross studio albums.  These include “My Favorite Things”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Going Out of My Head”, “Knocks Me Off My Feet”, and “The Closer I Get To You”, a duet with Beyonce Knowles. That track is featured on Beyonce’s grammy-winning  Dangerously in Love (best contemporary R&B album), on Luther’s grammy-winning Dance With My Father (best R&B album), and the track won the Grammy in 2004 for best R&B performance by a duo or group.  In 2003, Nat produced Luther’s Live 2003 at Radio City Music Hall. Nat was Luther’s musical director from 1981 until his death. 

Many other artists have had major successes with help from Nat Adderley Jr.  Nat wrote “The Wave” for Kirk Whalum, arranged Natalie Cole’s 1987 hit recording of “When I Fall In Love”, produced “Just Another Lonely Night” for Johnny Gill, arranged most of Aretha Franklin’s album Jump To It, produced Gloria Lynne’s album No Detour Ahead, and did the string arrangement for Doc Powell’s Grammy-nominated version of “What’s Going On”. 

Also, Nat produced tracks for the Temptations’ CD “Awesome” (2001), and Ruben Studdard’s “Love Is” (2009).

Nat, of course, played piano (and/or keyboards) on all the above mentioned recordings, and many many more. Also, all the piano heard in the Broadway production of August Wilson’s Piano Lesson was on tape and was played by Nat Adderley Jr.    

Nat is a conductor as well. He conducted the string and horn sessions for the above recordings. Also, Nat can be seen conducting the London Symphony Orchestra throughout the video “Luther Vandross – Live at Royal Albert Hall”.

Three important CDs featuring  Nat Adderley Jr. were released in 2016.  “Invitation” by Nicolas Bearde (produced and arranged by Nat) got tremendous reviews and good worldwide airplay. Also, Nat appears as pianist on jazz vibraphonist Jay Hoggard’s lovely CD, “Harlem Hieroglyphs”. Finally, Nat is featured on the CD release from R&B star Jaheim, including the hit single “Back in My Arms”.   

In the last few years Nat has been performing (as a musical director or as a sideman) in jazz clubs and festivals in Asia and Europe, and appearing in clubs and concert halls throughout the USA with his own jazz quartet.    

Nat received his BA from Yale University.