The Red Nichols Sunlit Room is named in honor of Ogden born jazz musician Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols. The movie The Five Pennies is loosely based on Red Nichols' life and Red played his own cornet parts in the movie. Red Nichols was born on May 8, 1905 in Ogden, Utah. By the age of 12 Red Nichols was playing sets with his father's brass band. Red Nichols played in bands with Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Jack Teagarden, Pee Wee Russell, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, and Gene Krupa. Red Nichols died on June 28, 1965 and was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1986.
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