Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns

Trombone: Nathan Tanouye

Nathan Tanouye - Trombone

Nathan Tanouye – Trombone

Born in Platteville, Wisconsin in 1974, Nathan Tanouye began studying music in elementary school, first with piano lessons and later on trombone. At age 11 he moved to Hawaii, where he attended high school and began his college education. While at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Nathan studied trombone with members of the Honolulu Symphony, including Jim Decker and Mike Becker.  After receiving a performance scholarship to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1995, Nathan moved to Las Vegas and completed his BM in both applied trombone and jazz studies.  As a freelance trombonist, he has performed with artists such as Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Donny & Marie Osmond, Bette Midler, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Barbra Streisand, and Jerry Lewis. In addition, Nathan has been the principal trombonist in the Las Vegas Philharmonic since 1998 and has performed on the Las Vegas Strip in shows such as At the Copa, Storm, Hairspray, and The Producers. Since 2005, Nathan has performed and recorded with Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns, for which he also writes and arranges.

As a composer, he has written works for many different sizes of ensembles, ranging from jazz trio to concert band. In February of 2004, the UNLV Wind Orchestra Premiered Three Steps Forward, a piece written by Mr. Tanouye to feature Eric Marienthal, Will Kennedy, Jimmy Haslip, and Russell Ferrante, later recorded and released on the Klavier label. Since that time, Nathan has written three more wind ensemble pieces; Kokopelli’s Dance (2005), Four Flew Over the Hornet’s Nest (2006), and Loki’s Revenge (2010).

Nathan has also done extensive work as an arranger and orchestrator, including arrangements for a diverse range of ensembles, including symphony orchestra as well as many mixed chamber ensembles. One of his biggest arranging credits, “Crossings – The Russ Freeman Project” (Peacock 2006), a collaborative work with Carolyn Freeman featuring the music of pianist Russ Freeman, received rave reviews from the jazz community and helped launch The Las Vegas Jazz Connection jazz orchestra lead by Nathan. Since 2005, Nathan has lead the orchestra in numerous concerts featuring his arrangements and compositions and has released a second CD with the LVJC entitled “Remembering Russ”, which again features his arrangements of the great Russ Freeman’s music. The group’s third CD, entitled “Eleven” will be released in December, 2012.

Currently, Nathan performs with and arranges music for Celine Dion and is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies & Studio Trombone at UNLV.

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Trombonist to the stars – Tuesday, May 12, 2009 | 2 a.m. – Las Vegas Sun

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