Big Band Library: Red Nichols "At the Jazz Band Ball"
Overview of The Five Pennies, , directed by Melville Shavelson, with Danny Loring "Red" Nichols is a cornet-playing country boy who goes to New York in the Declaring that he has lost his ability to play, Red spurns Tony's offer to help him get a club date when Bobbie arranges for them to meet. Cast & Crew. Buy The Five Pennies: Read Movies & TV Reviews - express-leader.info The success-tempered-with-tears biopic of jazz great Red Nichols (portrayed by Danny Kaye). Also featuring excellent . A wonderful cast compliments Danny Kaye and the musical score is fantastic-- very jazzy rag. . Yes it did meet my expectations. Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols (May 8, – June 28, ) was an American jazz cornettist, In New York he met and teamed up with trombonist Miff Mole, and the two of them were inseparable for the next decade. Unable to stay away from music, Nichols formed a new Five Pennies band and began playing small clubs.
New York would remain his base for years thereafter. In New York he met and teamed up with trombonist Miff Moleand the two of them were inseparable for the next decade. Brunswick Records Era[ edit ] Nichols had good technique, could read music, and easily gained session and studio work. In he and Miff Mole began a prodigious stint of recording with a variety of bands, most of them known as "Red Nichols and His Five Pennies".
Very few of these groups were actually quintets; the name was simply a pun on "Nickel", since there were "five pennies" in a nickel.
During some weeks in this period, Nichols and his bands were recording 10 to 12 records. His recordings of the late s are regarded as the most progressive jazz of the period in both concept and execution, with wide-ranging harmonies and a balanced ensemble.
However, they were small-band Dixieland groups, emphasizing collective improvisation and playing. They were different from Louis Armstrong 's Hot Fives of that period. Nichols' band started out with Mole on trombone and Jimmy Dorsey on alto sax and clarinet.
It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.Red Nichols And His Five Pennies - Troublesome Trumpet (1933)
In the next decade, swing eclipsed the Dixieland Nichols loved to play. He tried to follow the changes, and formed a swing band of his own, but his recording career seemed to stall in Part of it was too much, too soon. Much of his vast recorded output was released in Europe, where he was regarded by early jazz critics as the equal, if not the superior, of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke.
People who make fools of themselves usually find a scapegoat, and when the critics were exposed to the music of Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins and others they turned on Nichols and savaged him, trashing him as unfairly as they had revered him.
Nichols later commented, ".
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Inhis daughter became ill with what was thought to be polio. Naturally, Nichols was concerned, but relieved when she recovered. Meanwhile, he decided to return to music as a sideman, accepting an offer to join Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra on February 9,while they were playing at the College Inn of the Sherman Hotel in Chicago. From then on, for the rest of his career, Nichols again led his own groups, typically small combos.
He and his drummer of more than 20 years, Rollie Culver, both had gray hair, and clarinetist Bill Wood, on the bandstand with them for a decade, was balding.
Red Nichols in His Own Words: I grew up in an atmosphere of musical discipline that has been a great help to me all my life, and I never cease to be grateful to my father for it. Actually, I believe that music, like every other art form, must change with the times.
To me that is still the greatest honor I have ever received. I don't worry about what the so-called jazz critics think. I don't hope to please everyone; I play the way I like, the way I feel it. This pattern gives it form, and without form there is nothing, even in an art as fluid and subject to change as jazz music.
Actor-comedian Danny Kaye did an acceptable job as Nichols.
Which goes to show that a few "Nichols" here and a few "pennies" there really added up to a lot! After Intermission Lanham, MD: