Nick Travis

Nick Travis (b. Nov. 16, 1925, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - d. Oct. 7, 1964, New York City) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Travis started playing professionally at age 15, playing in the early 1940s with Johnny McGhee, Vido Musso (1942), Mitchell Ayres, and Woody Herman (1942–44). In 1944 he joined the military; after his service he played with Ray McKinley (1946–50, intermittent), Benny Goodman (1948–49), Gene Krupa, Ina Ray Hutton, Tommy Dorsey, Tex Beneke, Herman once more (1950–51), Jerry Gray, Bob Chester, Elliot Lawrence, and Jimmy Dorsey (1952–53). From 1953-56 he was a soloist in the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra. After this he became a session musician for NBC, but played with Gerry Mulligan (1960–62) and Thelonious Monk (1963, at Lincoln Center).

Most of Travis's work was in big bands, but he also played in small ensembles with Al Cohn (1953) and Zoot Sims (1956). He led one session for Victor Records in 1954.

In 1964, Travis died at age 38 as a result of complications from ulcers.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 16th, 1925 (Philadelphia), Died October 7th, 1964 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1943 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 98 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 71498 10-in. 11/8/1943 The music stopped Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71499 10-in. 11/8/1943 Do nothin' till you hear from me-1 Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71500 10-in. 11/8/1943 I couldn't sleep a wink last night Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71501 10-in. 11/8/1943 By the river of the roses Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71502 10-in. 11/8/1943 Basie's basement-1 Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71503 10-in. 11/8/1943 Who dat up there ? Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71626 10-in. 1/8/1944 Noah-1 Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71627 10-in. 1/8/1944 I've got you under my skin-1 Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71628 10-in. 1/8/1944 I get a kick out of you-1 Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71629 10-in. 1/8/1944 I'll get by Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81254 7/5/1951 Push him away Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81255 7/5/1951 I love the sunshine of your smile Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81295 7/5/1951 Bess, you is my woman now Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81383 8/13/1951 Dreamy melody Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81384 8/13/1951 Darling, how could you? Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81385 8/13/1951 V hop Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81435 8/20/1951 Jeep jockey jump Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81436 8/20/1951 Georgia on my mind Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81437 8/20/1951 Who's sorry now? Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81438 8/20/1951 St. Louis blues Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100667 10/1/1956 Darn that dream Tommy Shepard Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100668 10/1/1956 Walk with me Tommy Shepard Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100669 10/1/1956 The touch of your lips Tommy Shepard Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100670 10/1/1956 Stop, look and run Tommy Shepard Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100671 10/2/1956 Prelude to a kiss Tommy Shepard Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 1-25 of 98 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Travis, Nick," accessed December 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/347513.

Travis, Nick. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/347513.

"Travis, Nick." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 December 2021.

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