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Albert Nicholas

Biography

Albert Nicholas (May 27, 1900, New Orleans, Louisiana – September 3, 1973, Basel, Switzerland) was an American jazz reed player. Nicholas's primary instrument was the clarinet, which he studied with Lorenzo Tio in his hometown of New Orleans. Late in the 1910s he played with Buddy Petit, King Oliver, and Manuel Perez. He spent three years in the Merchant Marines and then joined up again with Oliver in Chicago from 1925 to 1927. After time in East Asia and Egypt, he returned to New York City in 1928 and played with Luis Russell until 1933, playing there with Red Allen, Charlie Holmes, and J.C. Higginbotham. Later he played with Louis Armstrong (with Russell) and Jelly Roll Morton (recorded 1929, 1939). The Dixieland jazz revival of the late 1940s reinvigorated his career; he played with Art Hodes, Bunk Johnson, and Kid Ory, and had a regular gig with Ralph Sutton in 1948. In 1953 he moved to France; except for recording sessions in the U.S. in 1959-60, he remained there for the rest of his life.




Recordings

Albert Nicholas: Live In Copenhagen

It captures the cream of two concerts held at the famous 'Odd Fellow Pate" concert hall located in the center of the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, on September 5, 1954. At the time of recording the 'Dutch Swing College Band' was the most popular revival band on the continent and with the introduction of New Orleans clarinetist, Albert Nicholas during the concert the audience simply lifted the roof with applause. These tracks, by the way, arc the only excisting recordings of Nicholas and ...