Another installment of “Guess the Embouchure Type” today. This time I’m going to take a close look at the embouchure of the great trombonist Dick Nash. Nash is sort of a trombonist’s trombonist. Many fans may not know his name, but they may have heard his playing on countless soundtrack recordings and albums by artists like Stan Kenton, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, and many more. Take a look at the video below. Around 2:35 into the video we get a good closeup look at his chops.
Nash has a very low mouthpiece placement. It’s low enough that you don’t really need to look at him play into a transparent mouthpiece to see that he has an upstream embouchure. While he doesn’t change registers abruptly enough to get a close look at his embouchure motion, it’s pretty obvious that his embouchure is an example of the Low Placement type.
If I recall correctly, Nash was one of the players photographed in the hard to find book by Bill Spilka called Chops. Does anyone know of other videos or photos that show a close look at Nash’s embouchure? Any other players that you’re curious about with good videos or photographs of their embouchure? If so, leave your suggestion and links below and I’ll use them for my next installment of “Guess the Embouchure Type.”