b. Rupert Theophilus Nurse, 26 December 1910, Port Of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, d. 18 March 2001, Arima, Trinidad, West Indies. Nurse spent part of his childhood in Trinidad and part in Venezuela. After leaving school, he spent a few years working as a teacher on the neighbouring island of Tobago and also working in industry. Meanwhile, he had been assiduously teaching himself to play piano, saxophone and bass. He also took a correspondence course in arranging. With Guyanese saxophonist Wally Stewart he formed a big band, playing American dance music and swing.
From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.