Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Happy 100th Birthday, Ray Nance!
As music lovers around the world mourn the passing of guitar genius Jim Hall today, we also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birthday of entertainer, ultra-swingin' multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ray Nance, a.k.a. Mr. Floor Show.
For sold-out audiences around the world, Mr. Nance rocked the house with the mighty Duke Ellington Orchestra.
In the following classic clip of Duke and his killer big band playing "The Hawk Talks", Mr. Nance and his magic trumpet join in at 2:38 (after Louis Bellson's kick-ass drum solo).
Could Ray sing like Billy Eckstine or Nat King Cole? Absolutely - now listen to this!
Trumpet? Cornet? Flugelhorn? Got it!
Violin? Sure! Viola? "String Swing"? Natch!
Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog raises a toast to the great Ray Nance - we feel 100 years young just listening to him!