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Albert Nicholas

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 Chick Webb, 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.

Nicholas's uncle was Wooden Joe Nicholas.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 27th, 1900 (New Orleans), Died September 3rd, 1973 (Basel)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 70 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-53929 10-in. 7/17/1929 Feeling drowsy Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-53930 10-in. 7/17/1929 Swing out Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-55133 10-in. 7/16/1929 It should be you Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-55134 10-in. 7/16/1929 Biff'ly blues Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-55852 10-in. 9/24/1929 Make a country bird fly wild Henry Allen ; Four Wanderers ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-55853 10-in. 9/24/1929 Funny feathers blues Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra ; Victoria Spivey Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-55854 10-in. 9/24/1929 How do they do it that way Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-55855 10-in. 9/24/1929 Pleasing Paul Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-56727 10-in. 9/30/1929 Lookin' good but feelin' bad Fats Waller’s Buddies ; Four Wanderers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-56728 10-in. 9/30/1929 I need someone like you Fats Waller’s Buddies ; Four Wanderers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57080 10-in. 11/13/1929 Sweet Peter Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-57081 10-in. 11/13/1929 Jersey Joe Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-57082 10-in. 11/13/1929 Mississippi Mildred Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-57083 10-in. 11/13/1929 Mint julep Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-57926 10-in. 12/18/1929 Lookin' for another sweetie Fats Waller’s Buddies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57927 10-in. 12/18/1929 Ridin' but walkin' Fats Waller’s Buddies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57928 10-in. 12/18/1929 Won't you get off it please Fats Waller’s Buddies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-57929 10-in. 12/18/1929 When I'm alone Fats Waller’s Buddies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-58581 10-in. 2/18/1930 Sugar Hill function Henry Allen ; Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-58582 10-in. 2/18/1930 You might get better but you'll never get well Henry Allen ; Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-58583 10-in. 2/18/1930 Everybody shout Henry Allen ; Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-58584 10-in. 2/18/1930 Dancing Dave Henry Allen ; Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-62339 10-in. 7/14/1930 Low gravy Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-62340 10-in. 7/14/1930 Strokin' away Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BVE-62341 10-in. 7/14/1930 Blue blood blues Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
(Results 1-25 of 70 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nicholas, Albert," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103639.

Nicholas, Albert. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103639.

"Nicholas, Albert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103639

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