Nat Pierce

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Nat Pierce
Nat Pierce.jpg
Dick Sheridan and Nat Pierce in NYC, 1961.
Background information
Birth name Nathaniel Pierce
Born (1925-07-16)July 16, 1925
Somerville, Massachusetts
United States
Died June 10, 1992(1992-06-10) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California
United States
Genres Jazz
Occupations Pianist, composer
Instruments Piano
Associated acts

Nat Pierce (July 16, 1925 – June 10, 1992) was an American jazz pianist and arranger born in Somerville, Massachusetts, perhaps best known for being pianist and arranger for the Woody Herman band from 1951–1955. Pieces by Pierce were predominantly created for use in big bands.

Biography[edit]

Following schooling at the New England Conservatory and working as an amateur musician in the Boston area, Pierce then led his own band which featured Charlie Mariano from 1949-1951. After working with Woody Herman from 1951–1966 as chief arranger and assistant road manager, Nat took residence in New York City and freelanced with musicians such as Pee Wee Russell, Lester Young, Emmett Berry and Ruby Braff, to name a few. From 1957-1959 Pierce led a band off and on which featured Buck Clayton, Gus Johnson and Paul Quinichette. He recorded with a number of other well-known musicians as well, including Quincy Jones, Coleman Hawkins and Pee Wee Russell. Pierce was noted for his ability to play piano in the Basie style and appeared on many releases by Basie sidemen. Pierce also arranged the music for The Sound of Jazz, a 1954 CBS television special hosted by John Crosby.

Pierce died of complications from an abdominal infection in Los Angeles, California.[1]

References[edit]

External links[edit]