Nick Travis

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Portrait of John Chance (bass), Paul Kashishian (drums) and trumpeters Nick Travis, Chuck Genduso, Joe Ferrante and Curly Broyles who formed the Trumpet Section of Ray McKinley And His Orchestra in the late 1940s . Image taken from the Commodore Hotel, Century Room, New York, NY circa January 1947, photo by William P. Gottlieb .

Nick Travis , actually Nicholas Anthony Traviscio (born November 16, 1925 in Philadelphia , † October 7, 1964 in New York City ) was an American jazz trumpeter . He played in the orchestras of Benny Goodman , Woody Herman and Eddie Sauter .

Live and act

Nick Travis became a professional musician in 1942 and played first with Vido Musso in 1942, at times with Woody Herman and His Orchestra (1942-44) and Ray McKinley (1946-49), later with Benny Goodman (1949). After his engagement in the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra from 1953 to 1956, Travis was mainly employed as a studio musician at NBC in New York.

In the 1950s he also made recordings with Manny Albam , Tony Aless , Al Cohn , Bill Holman , Elliot Lawrence , Tom Talbert and Zoot Sims, as well as an album under his own name. In the early 1960s, Travis was still playing with Cannonball Adderley , Bob Brookmeyer , Chris Connor , Eric Dolphy , Dizzy Gillespie , Thelonious Monk , Mark Murphy , Maynard Ferguson and in the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band .

Discography (selection)

As a leader

As a sideman


Web links


  1. on Nick Travis, Morton and Cook remark in their review of the record that he is a "minor character in jazz, but who has probably never played as well as on this album [ Zoot! ] in the title 'Taking A Chance On Love', which is a masterpiece ”. quoted after Morton & Cook, 1988, p. 1183