Albert Nicholas

Clarinet, Musical Artist

1900 – 1973

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Who was Albert Nicholas?

Albert Nicholas 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 and Jelly Roll Morton.

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.

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Born
May 27, 1900
New Orleans
Also known as
  • Nicholas, Albert
Died
Jul 3, 1973
Basel

Submitted
on July 23, 2013