Red Nichols

1929-1930

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The fifth installment in the Classics Red Nichols chronology focuses upon records he made between September 9, 1929, and August 27, 1930. This was a particularly fruitful period for Nichols, as he was able to hire a number of excellent players who would all be leading their own bands throughout the next couple of decades: Jack Teagarden, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Bud Freeman, and Gene Krupa. Other jazz aces found throughout this album are multi-instrumentalist Adrian Rollini, pianists Joe Sullivan and Rube Bloom, saxophonist Babe Russin, bassist Joe Tarto, and drummer Dave Tough. This veritable infestation of great jazz talent centered around (and partially resulted from) Nichols' high-profile gig as conductor of the pit orchestra that steered the George and Ira Gershwin show Strike Up the Band through 191 performances at New York's Times Square Theatre. Vocalists include Scrappy Lambert, Teg Brown, and the ever-amiable Jack Teagarden.

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