Jimmy Archey / Albert Nicholas
12 October 1902, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, d. 16 November 1967, Amityville, New York, USA. A highly accomplished trombone player, Archey held an important place in many of the best big bands of the 30s. Earlier, he had built an enviable reputation working in New York and recording with the bands of Edgar Hayes, Fletcher Henderson, James P. Johnson, and King Oliver. For most of the 30s he was with Luis Russell, where he worked alongside Henry Red Allen. Towards the end of the decade he played in the bands of Willie Bryant, Benny Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and Coleman Hawkins, and later deputized with Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. In the mid-40s the decline of the big bands pointed Archey towards the New Orleans Revivalist movement, and in 1950 he became leader of Bob Wilbers band. The 50s saw Archey holding long residencies with traditional bands at clubs in Boston, New York and San Francisco (the latter alongside Earl Hines), gigs that placed few...