Talk:Red Nichols

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Mormon[edit]

Was Nichols from a Mormon family? 86.143.201.124 07:46, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

LDSfilms.com says yes, but I'm not sure if they're reliable.--T. Anthony 08:45, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

ODJB[edit]

I think we can do without the editorializing "the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (which was not in fact “original,” but was the first “jazz” band to record)" as the name of the band is being mis-read; according to Nick LaRocca as relayed through biographer H.O.Brunn (1961) the band was initially billed in Chicago as "The Dixieland Band" and it was due to a comment by a patron (who shouted out "Jazz'er up boys") that it became known as "The Dixieland Jass Band" until disgruntled ex-members left back in New Orleans started up their own "Dixieland Jass Band" claiming to be the one true and only version; Nick tells us that he emphasized his position by renaming the band as "The ORIGINAL Dixieland Jass Band" and so ODJB was indeed both Original and the band to be first called a jazz band. Whether what they played for music would be what we might recognize today as jazz music remains debatable however, as is whether or not what they played was in any sense an innovation over the prior forms from New Orleans -- Thomas Brothers new book Louis Armstrong Master of Modernism tells us that Pops found the Chicago-style quite different, much peppier and more frantic than the laid back style he knew from New Orleans. --Teledyn (talk) 02:21, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

This Article is a Disgrace[edit]

This is written like a publicist's Facebook page. It says nothing, for instance, of Red's constant battle with alcoholism. It needs a TOTAL RE-WRITE with true history of this important Jazz icon. I don't have the knowledge to do it, but someone more familiar should take on the project. Tbonge (talk) 23:05, 29 July 2014 (UTC)