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 16, 1925 (Philadelphia), Died October 7, 1964 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1943 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

Recordings

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  
Decca 100672 10/2/1956 Lullaby of the leaves Tommy Shepard Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100673 10/2/1956 What is there to say Tommy Shepard Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100674 10/2/1956 See how you are Tommy Shepard Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100675 10/2/1956 Take care Tommy Shepard Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100676 10/3/1956 I'll be back for more Tommy Shepard Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100677 10/3/1956 Misty Tommy Shepard Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100678 10/3/1956 Here I am in love again Tommy Shepard Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100871 10/3/1956 S' posin' Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100872 10/3/1956 Why don't you do right-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100873 10/3/1956 King Porter stomp-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100874 10/3/1956 After you've gone-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100875 10/3/1956 I'll buy that dream-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100876 10/3/1956 Take care-2 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100877 10/3/1956 I'll be back for more-2 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100878 10/4/1956 The roarin' fifties-2 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100879 10/4/1956 The sky fell down-2 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100880 10/4/1956 Prisoner of love-3 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100881 10/4/1956 I'm glad there is you-3 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 100882 10/4/1956 Temptation-3 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 101000 11/20/1956 Desert sunrise Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 101001 11/20/1956 Congo mambo Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 101002 11/20/1956 My heart stood still Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 101003 11/20/1956 Nice work if you can get it Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 101529 2/1/1957 Cha cha for Gia Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 101530 2/1/1957 Madrid Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 101531 2/1/1957 Sing something simple Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 101532 2/1/1957 You're driving me crazy Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102148 4/2/1957 My sweetie went away Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102149 4/2/1957 Am I blue? Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102150 4/3/1957 See here Miss Bromley Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102151 4/3/1957 Poor Dr. Millmoss Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102152 4/3/1957 All too soon Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102153 4/4/1957 Minor matters Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102154 4/4/1957 Latined fractured Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102155 4/4/1957 Blues from Neither Coast Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102212 4/8/1957 Darn that dream Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102213 4/8/1957 My baby just cares for me Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102214 4/8/1957 Hi-ho Steverino-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102215 4/8/1957 I gotta run-1 Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102661 6/10/1957 Too late Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102662 6/10/1957 You're right, I'm wrong Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102663 6/10/1957 Real-eyeful Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102664 6/10/1957 Tom Thumb Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 102665 6/10/1957 A smooth one Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 103198 9/16/1957 The blues is everybody's business, part 2 Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 103232 9/9/1957 The blues is everybody's business, part 1 Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 103281 9/16/1957 Blues bridge Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 103282 9/16/1957 The blues is everybody's business, part 3 Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 103333 10/1/1957 Blues tag Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 103334 10/1/1957 The blues is everybody's business, part 4 Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 103490 10/11/1957 Maria Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 103491 10/11/1957 Prologue and Jet song Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 103492 10/11/1957 Tonight Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 103493 10/11/1957 Something's coming Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 103494 10/11/1957 Somewhere Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 103495 10/11/1957 Finale: I feel pretty/America/One hand Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104101 1/28/1958 My heart stood still Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104102 1/28/1958 On a Sunday by the sea Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104103 1/28/1958 I hear music Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104104 1/28/1958 Swing into Spring Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104497 3/3/1958 Duke's place Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104498 3/3/1958 In a sentimental mood Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104499 3/3/1958 Sophisticated lady Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104500 3/3/1958 Prelude to a kiss Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104508 3/4/1958 Satin doll Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104509 3/4/1958 Solitude Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104510 3/4/1958 It don't mean a thing Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104511 3/4/1958 Mood indigo Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104517 3/5/1958 I'm beginning to see the light Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104518 3/5/1958 Don't you know I care Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104519 3/5/1958 In a mellow tone Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 104520 3/5/1958 The sky fell down Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca N 1403 10-in. 1/8/1944 Crying sands Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Travis, Nick," accessed January 16, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/347513.

Travis, Nick. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 16, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/347513.

"Travis, Nick." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 16 January 2022.

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