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Dick Nash

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Primary Instrument: Trombone

Born: January 26, 1928    

Dick Nash

Richard Taylor Nash, for the best part of half a century Dick Nash has been 'first call' in the Hollywood studios, working with such great composers as Alfred Newman, Henry Mancini and John Williams, to name but a few. the well known studio musician, considered by composer, conductor Henry Mancini as his favorite trombonist, writing several arragments often featuring Dick as soloist on his soundtracks.

Frank Capp also from the New England area, recommended Nash to conductor Ken Hanna who ran a regular Sunday afternoon rehearsal band. One of the trombone players couldn't make it so Dick sat in. Hanna pulled out a trombone feature which ended with a cadenza and Dick feeling a little frisky, went up to a double G and nailed it. Hanna's eyes light up saying “I want you to come back next week as I'm going to write something for you”. It turned out to be Nirvana which was the very first thing he recorded in this town and it sort of put Dick Nash on the map.

Dick was gaining a reputation as a high note player, having been invited to join in the weekly sessions at the famous Hoyt's Garage with the likes of Tommy Pederson, Lloyd Ulyate, Joe Howard, Harry Betts, Milt Bernhart and of course Hoyt Bohannon and it was Pederson who recommended him for the Freddy Martin Band. After 18 months, on the recommendation of his brother Ted, Dick found himself sitting beside Joe Howard on a Tennessee Ernie Summer Replacement TV show, followed by another TV show with Musical Director Frank DeVol....
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