• Welcome

    The National Arts Treasure Initiative (NATI) is dedicated to documenting, preserving, and honoring living legends of the great American art forms, Jazz and Blues. It aims to enhance worldwide awareness and preservation of the cultural values of Jazz and Blues. The Foundation records the contributions of noted jazz and blues musicians on film in performances, workshops, classes and interviews.

    NATI Documentary Films capture the lives and careers of American Jazz and Blues masters. NATI is developing a library of archival footage and digitally indexed documents for research, study, and support of the next generation of jazz historians.

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  • Grady Tate

    Grady Tate

    Grady Tate, a crisp, swinging drummer who also enjoyed crossover success as a vocalist in a prolific recording career spanning more than 50 years, died on Sunday night, October 8, 2017, at his home in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. He was 85. No cause was given.

    Tate was one of the most versatile and in-demand jazz drummers of the ’60s and ’70s, appearing on hundreds of albums.

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  • Engaging the Youth

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    Developing theatrical projects about jazz and blues music that also extends into a workshop setting that can be used in the universities and high schools throughout the country. This would not only bring professionals to schools, but would teach fun things that arise from the music, such as dances, converting music from Broadway , and pop charts into jazz & blues standards, and the overall social impact of the music.

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  • Donate

    The National Arts Treasure Initiative is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.
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  • Board Members

    Richard A. Roberts

    Roberts Communications USA
    President

    Walter H. White

    Partner, McGuire Woods LLP
    Secretary

    Ambassador Steven McGann

    Finance Chairman

    Hattie Winston

    Film, Television and Broadway

    Harold Wheeler

    Musical Supervisor & Conductor
    Dancing With The Stars
    The Academy Awards

    Tim Strong

    Founder & Artistic Director

  • Contact Us

    Address: NATI
    c/o POISE Foundation
    603 Stanwix Street, Suite 1700
    Pittsburgh, PA • 15222
    Email: info@nationalartstreasureinitiative.org

  • The National Arts Treasure Initiative focuses on living legends of the American art forms, Jazz and Blues. It aims to enhance worldwide the awareness of and preservation of the cultural values of Jazz and Blues. The Foundation will film performances, workshops, classes and interviews of the chosen treasures, transforming these experiences into documentaries to tell the stories of these living legends and to develop a body of archival footage and digitally indexed documents to support the next generation of jazz historians.