Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Jack Nimitz R.I.P.
Jack Nimitz was an institution here in Hollywood for more than six decades, playing sax with the likes of Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Supersax, Gerald Wilson, Benny Carter, the Lighthouse All Stars, The Beach Boys, and so many more. Known affectionately as “The Admiral”, Nimitz was born on January 11, 1930 in Washington D.C. and began playing clarinet at age 12, later switching to alto sax by 14, and performing professionally at 15. I had the great pleasure of working with Jack, when Anthony Wilson first formed his nonet in the late 90’s, and will never forget what a great player and gentleman he was. We’ll Miss You Jack!