Richard Taylor "Dick" Nash
(born January 26, 1928) is an American jazz
trombonist most associated with the swing and
big band genres.
He began playing brass
instruments at ten. He became more interested in
this after his parents died and he was sent to a
boarding school. His first instruments were the
trumpet and bugle His first professional work
came in 1947 with bands like that of Tex Beneke.
After time in the United States Army, where he
served and played for a band, he joined Billy
May's band. Later he became a first call studio
musician in Los Angeles, California. He was
composer, conductor Henry Mancini's favorite
trombonist and was featured soloist on several
Mancini soundtracks beginning with Mr. Lucky and
Peter Gunn. Nash's smooth and mellow trombone
solo is featured on the Theme From Hatari! from
the soundtrack for the John Wayne film (1962) or
Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961) and The Days of
Wine and Roses . In 1959 he played bass trombone
on Art Pepper + Eleven – Modern Jazz Classics.