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Nat Pierce
Nat (*1925 in Somerville, MA) was a pianist, composer and arranger. Following schooling at the New England Conservatory and working as an amateur musician in the Boston area, Nat then led his own band which featured Charlie Mariano from 1949 to 1951. After working with Woody Herman from 1951 to 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.
From 1957 to 1959, Nat 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. Nat was noted for his ability to play piano in the Basie style and appeared on many releases by Basie sidemen. Nat also arranged the music for The Sound of Jazz, a 1954 CBS television special hosted by John Crosby. Together with Frank Capp he founded the Capp/Pierce Juggernaut Band in 1975, which performed in to the 1990s. Nat died in 1992.
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It's Time We Met
Mainstream Records S/6048
recorded 1963
Terry Gibbs, vibes
Sal Nistico, tenor sax
Turk Van Lake, guitar
Nat Pierce, organ
Charlie Andrus, bass
Jake Hanna, drums

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