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!


jacqui burge said...


Actually his birthday is 1/11/2009 and he was born in Washington DC.

Jacqui Nimitz

Joey Altruda said...

Dear Jacqui,
Thanks you so much for clearing this up. Was the year 1928 correct?
Sincerest Condolences,He was one of the greats and will be sorely missed!

jacqui burge said...

Sorry about that. The year was 1930. He was a great musician. Thanks for posting and your well wishes.


Joey Altruda said...

I got it all the corrections last night. Thanks once again and best wishes to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Please add that Jack Nimitz was in the band Supersax playing great stuff on Charlie Parker tunes.