Nathaniel C. Davis
Mr. Trombonology: 1917: A Characteristic Trombone Smear: The Son of “Oh Slip It Man”

Arranged by Aaron Hettinga

solo trombone, piano, vocal quartet, audience shout

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Publisher: Cherry Classics Music
Date of Publication: 2020

Score and parts


This is a real ragtime period piece, complete with smears galore, and has nothing to do with the famous Tommy Dorsey Trombonology. It is in F major, trio section in B-flat. The trombone part is given in bass clef; range is c-f¹. I think this will be at its best played on a small or medium-bore trombone. The arranger has added an independent part for SATB chorus in the final chorus; not all of its notes are included in the piano part.

Nathaniel C. Davis was a composer and pianist, born in Boston in 1887. He died in Bath, England in 1952 at the age of 65. Commonly known as Nat D Ayer, he was a popular performer, and wrote numerous songs for Broadway shows. He is now best known for his ‘hit’ song of 1916, ‘If you were the only girl in the world.’ Aaron Hettinga is a trombonist and arranger based in Western Michigan.


Reviewer: Keith Davies Jones
Review Published October 11, 2020