Keith Nichols

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Keith Nichols
Born (1945-02-13) 13 February 1945 (age 72)
Origin Ilford, Essex, England
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments piano, trombone, reeds, accordion
Labels Stomp Off
Associated acts Digby Fairweather, Mike Daniels

Keith Nichols (born 13 February 1945) is an English jazz multi-instrumentalist and arranger, a player of the piano, trombone, reeds, and accordion.


Born in Ilford, Essex, Nichols was a child actor and an award-winning accordionist in his youth. He tends to play mostly ragtime tunes, gaining notoriety in the 1970s in London when forming the band New Sedalia. Nichols also formed the Ragtime Orchestra in the mid-1970s along with Mo Morris, Richard Warner and Paul Nossiter. Nichols also recorded and gigged with Bing Crosby, and Dick Sudhalter[1] during this period.

Nichols was also a frequent sideman for the EMI record label and an arranger for the New York Jazz Repertory Company, Dick Hyman and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. In 1978 he helped lead the Midnite Follies Orchestra[1] with Alan Cohen. Other artists Nichols has worked with include Digby Fairweather, Harry Gold, Richard Pite and Claus Jacobi.


Dreamland Syncopators

  • Territory Jazz (1987) (LP, Stomp Off)

Julian Vincent and Keith Nichols

  • Morton to Mozart (1989) (CD, Poppy HXP012)

Keith Nichols' Cotton Club Gang and Janice Day with Guy Barker

  • I Like To Do Things For You (1991) (CD, Stomp Off)[1]

Keith Nichols and the Cotton Club Orchestra

  • Syncopated Jamboree (1991) (CD, Stomp Off CD 1242)
  • Henderson Stomp (1993) (CD, Stomp Off CD 1234)[1]
  • Harlem's Arabian Nights (1997) (CD, Stomp Off CD 130)[1]

Keith Nichols' Little Devils

  • The Charmful Little Armful (2003) (PEK)[1]

Keith Nichols and the Blue Devils

  • Kansas City Breakdown (2004) (CD, Stomp Off CD 1387)[1]

Keith Nichols' Earthbound Spirits

  • Harlem Madness (2004) (CD, PKCD-237)[1]

Keith Nichols' Collegians

  • Collegiate Rhythm (2006) (CD, PEK PKCD-299)[1]

Mike Lovell and Keith Nichols

  • Dixieland at the Thornton Little Theatre (2006) (CD, PEK)[1]

Keith Nichols' Jazz Artists and Northern Sinfonia

Thomas "Spats" Langham / Keith Nichols / Richard Pite

  • London Omnibus (2010) (Jazz Repertory Company)

The Nichols-Duffee International Jazz Orchestra

  • One More Time (2013) (CD, Lake)[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Yanow, Scott. "Keith Nichols: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 

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