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Herbert Horatio Nichols (3 January 1919 - 12 April 1963) was an American jazz pianist and composer who wrote the jazz standard "Lady Sings the Blues". Obscure during his lifetime, he is now highly regarded by many musicians and critics. Life: Born in San Juan Hill, Manhattan, to parents from St. Kitts and Trinidad, Nichols grew up in Harlem. During much of his life he was forced to take work as a Dixieland musician instead of playing the more adventurous kind of jazz he preferred, but he is best known today for his own highly original compositions, program music that combines bop, Dixieland, and music from the Caribbean with harmonies derived from Erik Satie and Béla Bartók. His first known work as a musician was with the Royal Barons in 1937, but he did not find performing at Minton's Playhouse a few years later a very happy experience. The competitive atmosphere did not suit his personality. However, he did become friends with fellow pianist Thelonious Monk, even if his own...

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On May 2, 2010. 2:12pm
Ben Allison said

So Glad to see you're playing Herbie Nichols. And thanks for throwing our CD, Strange City in there too!

On Apr 29, 2011. 12:37pm
Christopher Lynch said

Herbie Nichols was innovative, swinging, unique and remains woefully undervalued as an extraordinary musician and quirky composer. Listen to "Herbie Nichols Trio" Blue Note 1519 - you'll realise every aforementioned compliment was deserved!

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