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Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols is the bandleader, keyboardist/pianist and composer for prominent UK jazz group Nimbus Sextet. Nimbus Sextet's two albums on Acid Jazz Records - Dreams Fulfilled (2020) and Forward Thinker (2022) - have gained universal acclaim from the likes of Jazz FM, Jazzwise, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music. Nichols has firmly established Nimbus Sextet as a major voice in the new wave of UK jazz, performing to packed and sold out audiences at Europe’s top jazz venues including Ronnie Scott's, New Morning (Paris) and Pizza Express Jazz Club among many others. 

Highly respected as a pianist/keyboardist and composer, Nichols is also a harmonica player, known as a virtuoso jazz soloist on the diatonic harmonica and for his versatility across many genres. As a prolific multi-instrumentalist, Joe enjoys an illustrious wider career. He has performed and recorded with the late British folk/soul legend Linda Lewis, The Lewis Sisters (LindaShirley Dee Lewis), Nick Van Gelder (Jamiroquai), Eric Clapton's nephew Will JohnsNathan Curran and the Gilles Peterson championed folk-funk outfit The Paracosmos.

He has enlisted the talents of top UK jazz musicians as special guests and collaborators on his albums with Nimbus Sextet, including Chip WickhamNathaniel CrossJackson Mathod and percussionist Steve Forman among others.

Joe Nichols is set to release his highly anticipated third album with Nimbus Sextet in 2024, and take his engaging music to audiences worldwide.


Jazz FM 'Album Of The Week' for Nimbus Sextet's DREAMS FULFILLED (2020) and FORWARD THINKER (2022)


“Joe Nichols sets Nimbus Sextet firmly apart from their UK jazz peers. This is a band capable of diversely off kilter composition and sometimes, something more sublime” - UNCUT

"It’s Nichols’ wonderful piano and keyboard skills that lend Nimbus Sextet a distinctive sound " - CLASH MAGAZINE

"Leader Joe Nichols’ keyboards are clearly a strength, cutting against the groove and clearing space for more personal expression” - JAZZWISE


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Tangential Music



Tangential Music


Forward Thinker

Acid Jazz


Helix E.P.

Acid Jazz


Dreams Fulfilled

Acid Jazz



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