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3 January – Herbie Nichols

Herbie Nichols (3 January 1919 – 12 April 1963) was an American jazz pianist and composer.

Nichols is often compared to his friend and contemporary Thelonious Monk but he was more obscure during his lifetime. He recorded only four albums – three for Blue Note and one for Bethlehem – and is now highly regarded by many musicians and critics.

He wrote the jazz standard ‘Lady Sings the Blues’, which Billie Holiday set to lyrics.

This recording of ‘S’crazy Pad’ is from ‘Love, Gloom, Cash, Love’ – the final album recorded by the Herbie Nichols Trio, released on the Bethlehem label in 1957.

Information from all.about.jazz and Wikipedia

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