Greg Tate is a writer, musician and cultural provocateur who lives in Harlem. Tate was a Staff Writer at The Village Voice from 1987-2003. His books include Flyboy In The Buttermilk, Everything But The Burden — What White People are Taking From Black Culture, Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and The Black Experience, and Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader .
Tate has also written catalogue and monograph essays on the artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rammellzee, Thornton Dial, Terry Adkins, Senga Nengudi, David Hammons, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Chris Ofili, Ellen Gallagher, Arthur Jafa and Ayana Vellissa Jackson. He has been a Visiting Professor at Yale, Columbia, Brown, NYU, Princeton and San Francisco State University.
A founding member of the Black Rock Coalition, Tate has led the Conducted Improv ensemble Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber since 1999 and, over that time, produced 16 albums for the group’s Avant Groidd imprint.