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by Derek Taylor
Nicholas and Hodes are two names that should ring resounding bells in the ears of the average traditional jazz fan. Nicholas’ played with nearly all the greats including King Oliver (as Johnny Dodd’s successor), Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and Kid Ory among a host of others- ironclad credentials by any estimation. Hodes enjoyed a similar pedigree through legendary stints with the likes of Bechet, Armstrong and Pee Wee Russell. At the time of this lively ...read more
by Mike Neely
In 1959, the renowned New Orleans clarinetist Albert Nicholas was visiting Chicago from his expatriate home of Paris when Delmark Records decided to make the best of the opportunity. Nicholas was joined in the studio by a hand picked band that become for the session Art Hodes’ All-Star Stompers. The band included the best that Chicago had to offer. It is an extraordinary band with Nappy Trottier on trumpet, and Floyd O’Brien on trombone. In addition to Hodes on piano, ...read more