Red's style of playing cornet was greatly influenced
Nichols learned to play music from his father,
After that band broke up he moved to New York in 1923.
He soon teamed up with the trombonist Miff Mole and the two would go on to make a great many records together under a variety of names such as, Red Nichols and his Five Pennies, Arkansas Travelers, The Red Heads, The Louisiana Rhythm Kings, The Charleston Chasers and Miff Mole and his Little Molers.
Usually these sessions featured the same or similar personnel. Red did a series of recordings for the Brunswick Record Company under the name of Red Nichols and his Five Pennies, although the bands were often quite a bit larger.
These sessions at first featured trombonist Miff Mole and Jimmy Dorsey on alto and clarinet, and later in the decade featured a who's who of great White Jazz musicians, such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Jack Teagarden, Pee Wee Russell, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Adrian Rollini and Gene Krupa among others.
Red appeared on over 4000 records in the 1920s.
Nichols survived the Depression by working in Broadway shows, even leading the pit orchestra for two of George Gershwin's shows; "Girl Crazy" and "Strike Up the Band".
In 1934 Red fronted a band for the radio show sponsored by Kellogg's Cereal and led many studio orchestras including one for the Bob Hope Show.
In 1959 Hollywood made a highly fictionalized picture of his life called "The Five Pennies", starring Danny Kaye as Red.
Red Nichols - Red Nichols and His Five Pennies
01. At Sundown.mp3
02. Get Happy.mp3
03. Beale Street Blues.mp3
04. The Very Thought Of You.mp3
05. Love Is The Sweetest Thing.mp3
07. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street.mp3
08. Love Me Or Leave Me.mp3
09. Things Ain´t What They Used To Be.mp3
10. My Melancholy Baby.mp3
11. Naughty Waltz.mp3
13. Pennies From Heaven.mp3
14. Tin Roof Blues.mp3