It’s Nat Adderley’s Birthday, Too

Among those who shared November 25 as a birthday was Nat Adderley. The cornetist was born in 1931 in Tampa, Florida. His distinguished career included two extended periods in his brother Cannonball’s quintet. He also played in the big bands of Woody Herman and Lionel Hampton and in trombonist J.J. Johnson’s combo. Adderley formed his own quintet after Cannonball died in 1975.

For the 1987 Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland, He led an all-star sextet. His former boss, Johnson, joined Adderley, tenor saxophonist Harold Land, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Roy McCurdy. Here are three of the pieces they played in Bern, “What is This Thing Called Love,” “My Funny Valentine” and “Bud’s Blues.”

To see two more segments of the Adderley sextet’s Bern performance, go here and here. Nat died in early 2000.

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