Nathan Davis

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Nathan Tate Davis, 15 February 1937, Kansas City, Kansas, USA. Davis began to play trombone at the age of 17, but soon switched to reeds and is now an accomplished player on flute, bass clarinet, tenor and soprano saxophones. His first noteworthy job was with the Jay McShann band, and a little later he became one of the few males who has ever played with the usually all-female International Sweethearts Of Rhythm. While studying at Kansas University, Davis led a group with Carmell Jones; then army service in 1960 took him to Berlin. On leaving the army in 1963 he remained in Europe and was invited to Paris by Kenny ‘Klook’ Clarke, with whom he played for most of the next six years. In 1964 Davis joined Eric Dolphy for a brief residency at the Chat Qui Pechê club and also played on the revolutionary reedsman’s last recordings, made for the French radio station ORTF. The next year Davis toured Europe with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and was...

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