- Red Nichols
Infobox musical artist
Name = Red Nichols
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Ernest Loring Nichols
May 8, 1905
June 28, 1965
Ogden, Utah USA
California Ramblers Paul Whiteman
Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols (
May 8, 1905– June 28, 1965) was an American jazz cornettist.
Nichols was born in
Ogden, Utah, the son of a music teacher. By the age of 12 he was playing cornetwith his father's brass band. He decided to take up the new style of music called jazz after hearing the phonographrecords of the Original Dixieland Jass Band. In 1923 he moved east to perform with a band in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and (with a few tours of the midwest) made New York Cityhis base throughout the 1920s and 1930s. He worked for various bandleaders including Paul Whitemanand Harry Reserand Henry Halstead., was a regular in the cooperative California Ramblers in addition to leading groups under his own name (often called Red Nichols & His Five Pennies), and of the band of his friend trombonist Miff Mole. Nichols became one of the busiest phonographsession musicians of his era, making hundreds of recording sessions of jazz and hot dance band music. He also played in several Broadway shows.
During his Brunswick career (1926-1932) a virtual who's who of great jazz musicians were members of Nichols' studio recording sessions:
Pee Wee Russell
The Boswell Sisters
Hollywoodfilm " The Five Pennies", starring Danny Kaye, was very loosely based on Nichols' career. Nichols played his own trumpet parts for the film, but did not appear on screen.
Nichols and his band toured the
United Statesand overseas until Nichols suffered a sudden fatal heart attack in Las Vegas, Nevada.
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=762 Red Nichols' Gravesite]
* [http://redhotjazz.com/redn.html Red Nichols biography (with audio samples)] [http://redhotjazz.com The Red Hot Jazz Archive.]
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