Totah, Nobby [Nabil (Marshall) ]
- John Voigt
[Nabil (Marshall) ]
(b Ramallah, Transjordan [now Jordan], April 5, 1930). American double bass player. His nickname is often misspelled Knobby. He emigrated to the USA in 1944 to attend school in Providence, Rhode Island, studied political science at Haverford College (graduated 1952), and took up double bass in 1953. While serving in the US Army he was a member of a military band and played in Japan with Hampton Hawes and Toshiko Akiyoshi (1953–4). In 1954 he worked briefly with Charlie Parker, and the following year he undertook his first engagements with Gene Krupa and Johnny Smith, with both of whom his association continued for many years; he also performed with Les Elgart (1955) and Cy Coleman (1955–7), performed and recorded with Zoot Sims (at intervals, 1956–9), and worked with Eddie Costa (1957), Herbie Mann (1958–61), Bobby Hackett (with whom he appeared in the television show “Bobby Hackett,” ...