Nathan Davis Biography

Born in Kansas City on 15 February 1937. Nathan 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 Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, and is the founder and director of the University of Pittsburgh Annual jazz Seminar.

A multi-instrumentalist, Davis plays all the reed instruments and has recently taken up flügelhorn. He is a prolific composer and is also a talented arranger and the author of 'Writings In jazz', an analysis of the history and development of the music.

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