Red Nichols' Five Pennies - Nobody Knows

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Red Nichols was born in Ogden, Utah, the son of a music teacher. By the age of 12 he was playing cornet with his father's brass band. He decided to take up the new style of music called jazz after hearing the phonograph records 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 City his base throughout the 1920s and 1930s. He worked for various bandleaders including Paul Whiteman and Harry Reser. 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 phonograph session musicians of his era, making hundreds of recording sessions of jazz and hot dance band music. He also played in several Broadway shows. This lovely recording with Harold "Scrappy" Lambert on vocal was made in 1929.

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Most welcome Corrie. This undoubtedly is a fantastic performance.
Par kspm0220s il y a 5 ans
I agree wholeheartedly with bostonblakie's comment. Red Nichols was adept at turning something simple into something hot, as this posting demonstrates.
Thank you for sharing this "cracker".
Par Walter Gray il y a 5 ans
bostonblakie: try McKinney's Cotton Pickers "You're Driving Me Crazy", it's... crazy - or what did you think ;-)?
Par kspm0220s il y a 5 ans
You should hear Ben Pollack's "Alice Blue Gown" from 1937.
Par phred001 il y a 5 ans
Amazing how they could take a simple ballad and turn it to solid jazz without losing anything along the way.
Par Boston Blackie il y a 5 ans
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