Nat Adderley, trumpeter (Cannonball Adderley Quintet)
Cannonball Adderley Quintet
birth name: Nathaniel Adderley

Nat Adderley

November 25, 1931, Tampa, FL ~ January 2, 2000, Lakeland, FL

He began playing in local bands in Florida, and made what became a career long switch to the smaller cornet in 1950. He did so against the prevailing tide. Cornet had been the horn of choice for New Orleans trumpet players in the early days of jazz, but had fallen out of fashion in favour of trumpet by the bop era. Adderley evolved a distinctive signature on the instrument, blending a rich tone and earthy warmth with the horn's inherent touch of astringency to great effect. ~ All about Jazz: Nat Adderley ~ retrieved November 25, 2013 © All About Jazz

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Nat took up trumpet in 1946, switched to cornet in 1950, and spent time in the military, playing in an Army band during 1951-1953. After a period with Lionel Hampton (1954-1955), Nat made his recording debut in 1955, joined Cannonball's unsuccessful quintet of 1956-1957, and then spent periods with the groups of J.J. Johnson and Woody Herman before hooking up with Cannonball again in October 1959. This time the group became a major success and Nat remained in the quintet until Cannonball's death in 1975, contributing such originals as ‘Work Song,’ ‘Jive Samba,’ and ‘The Old Country’ along with many exciting hard bop solos. ~ Allmusic: Nat Adderley ~ retrieved November 25, 2013 © Allmusic

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