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Ray Nance

Ray Willis Nance (December 10, 1913, in Chicago – January 28, 1976, in New York City) was a jazz trumpeter, violinist and singer. He is best remembered for his long association with Duke Ellington and his orchestra.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 10th, 1913 (Chicago), Died January 28th, 1976 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1945

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, violin, vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-053621 10-in. 11/11/1940 Charlie the chulo Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-053622 10-in. 11/11/1940 Lament for Javanette Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-053623 10-in. 11/11/1940 A lull at dawn Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-053624 10-in. 11/11/1940 Ready Eddy Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-053780 10-in. 12/28/1940 The sidewalks of New York Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-053781 10-in. 12/28/1940 Flamingo Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-053782 10-in. 12/28/1940 The girl in my dreams tries to look like you Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-055283 10-in. 2/15/1941 Take the "A" train Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-055284 10-in. 2/15/1941 Jumpin' punkins Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-055285 10-in. 2/15/1941 John Hardy's wife Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-055286 10-in. 2/15/1941 Blue serge Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-055287 10-in. 2/15/1941 After all Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061283 10-in. 6/5/1941 Bakiff Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, violin  
Victor PBS-061284 10-in. 6/5/1941 Are you sticking? Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061285 10-in. 6/5/1941 Just a-settin' and a-rockin' Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061286 10-in. 6/5/1941 The giddybug gallop Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061318 10-in. 6/26/1941 Chocolate shake Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061319 10-in. 6/26/1941 I got it bad and that ain't good Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061338 10-in. 7/2/1941 Clementine Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061339 10-in. 7/2/1941 The brown skin gal (In calico gown) Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061340 10-in. 7/2/1941 Jump for joy Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061341 10-in. 7/2/1941 Moon over Cuba Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061346 10-in. 7/3/1941 Squaty roo Johnny Hodges Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061347 10-in. 7/3/1941 Passion flower Johnny Hodges Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061348 10-in. 7/3/1941 Things ain't what they used to be Johnny Hodges Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061349 10-in. 7/3/1941 Going out the back way Johnny Hodges Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061684 10-in. 9/26/1941 Five o'clock drag Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061685 10-in. 9/26/1941 Rocks in my bed Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061686 10-in. 9/26/1941 Bli-blip Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061687 10-in. 9/26/1941 Chelsea Bridge Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061688 10-in. 9/29/1941 Brown suede Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061689 10-in. 9/29/1941 Noir bleu Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061690 10-in. 9/29/1941 "C" blues Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061691 10-in. 9/29/1941 June Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061941 10-in. 12/2/1941 Raincheck Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061942 10-in. 12/2/1941 What good would it do? Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-061943 10-in. 12/2/1941 I dont know what kind of blues I got Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-070682 10-in. 1/21/1942 Perdido Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-070683 10-in. 1/21/1942 The "C" jam blues Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, violin, trumpet  
Victor BS-070684 10-in. 1/21/1942 Moon mist Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 71939 4/5/1944 As long as I live Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71940 10-in. 4/5/1944 Perdido (Lost)-1 Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71941 10-in. 4/5/1944 I didn't know about you Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71941[a] 4/5/1944 Blue lullaby Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Signature SRC 145 10-in. September 1945 Chelsea bridge Johnny Bothwell Swingtet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Signature SRC 146 10-in. September 1945 [Unknown title(s)] Johnny Bothwell Swingtet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Signature SRC 147 10-in. September 1945 [Unknown title(s)] Johnny Bothwell Swingtet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Signature SRC 148 10-in. September 1945 I cover the waterfront Johnny Bothwell Swingtet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Signature SRC 151 10-in. September 1945 [Unknown title(s)] Johnny Bothwell Swingtet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Signature SRC 152 10-in. September 1945 Dear Max Johnny Bothwell Swingtet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Signature SRC 153 10-in. September 1945 [Unknown title(s)] Johnny Bothwell Swingtet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Signature RHT-1 10-in. 5/2/1944 How high the moon Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet, violin, vocalist  
Signature RHT-2 10-in. 5/2/1944 Sarcastic day Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet, violin, vocalist  
Signature RHT-3 10-in. 5/2/1944 Them there eyes Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet, violin, vocalist  
Signature RHT-4 10-in. 5/2/1944 Penthouse serenade Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet, violin, vocalist  
Decca N 2994 10-in. 1/2/1945 Midriff Duke Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet, violin, vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nance, Ray," accessed December 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103189.

Nance, Ray. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103189.

"Nance, Ray." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 December 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103189

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