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Nathan Davis

ts, ss, *1937
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Nathan Tate Davis

US jazz tenor and soprano saxophone player, head of the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh, and founder and director of the University of Pittsburgh's annual Jazz Seminar. Born 15 February 1937 in Kansas City, Kansas, died 8 April 2018 in Palm Beach, Florida. A multi-instrumentalist, Davis played all the reed instruments and had recently taken up flügelhorn. He was a prolific composer and arranger, and authored 'Writings In Jazz', an analysis of the history and development of the music. He had previously played with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. Davis first took up saxophone in high school after starting out on trombone. After finishing US Army service in 1962 he decided to stay on in Europe and between 1963 and 1969 he lived on the Left Bank in Paris. He returned to the United States in 1969 to join the University of Pittsburgh as Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies. He holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, and is the founder and director of the University of Pittsburgh Annual Jazz Seminar. He also founded the first incarnation of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra in the mid-1980s.

  • Tenor sax
  • Soprano sax
  • Flute
  • Alto sax
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
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Sconsolato on Best of 1965-76 by Nathan Davis
Cecen Kizi on Best of 1965-76 by Nathan Davis
Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most on Happy Girl by Nathan Davis
The Flute in the Blues on Happy Girl by Nathan Davis
Carmell's Black Forest Waltz on The Hip Walk by Nathan Davis
That Kaycee Thing on The Hip Walk by Nathan Davis
New Orleans on Best of 1965-76 by Nathan Davis
Tragic Magic on Best of 1965-76 by Nathan Davis
Theme from Zoltan on Happy Girl by Nathan Davis
Theme from Zoltan on Best of 1965-76 by Nathan Davis

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Title Artist Year Type
Live In Paris - The ORTF Recordings 1966/67Nathan Davis With Georges Arvanitas Trio2018Album
The Best Of Nathan Davis '65-76Nathan Davis2009Compil.
Two Originals Happy Girl & The Hip WalkNathan Davis1998Compil.
I'm A Fool To Want YouNathan Davis1995Album
Salutes The SaxophoneRoots - Arthur Blythe, Sam Rivers, Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman, Don Pullen, Santi Debriano, Tommy Campbell1992Album
Tragic Magic / Stick Buddy / New OrleansNathan Davis1991Album
London By NightNathan Davis1987Album
Such Pretty PeopleNathan Davis / Erling Kroner1984Album
Big Band RTB With American GuestsJazz Orkestar Radio-Televizije Beograd & Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Nathan Davis, Maynard Ferguson, Ernie Wilkins1984Compil.
Faces Of LoveNathan Davis1982Album
IfNathan Davis1976Album
Suite For Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Nathan Davis1976Album
Live!University Of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble1973Album
6th Sense In The 11th HouseNathan Davis1972Album
Happy GirlNathan Davis1965Album
Jazz At PittNathan DavisAlbum
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