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One of the most innovative groups in the new wave of UK jazz, Nimbus Sextet are bringing their electrifying blend of jazz, world and dance music to top venues and festivals across the UK and Europe. Performing in and selling out the likes of Ronnie Scott’sNew Morning (Paris) and Pizza Express Jazz Club, the Joe Nichols-led outfit have firmly established themselves as an increasingly major voice in the European jazz scene.

Nimbus Sextet’s albums – DREAMS FULFILLED (2020) and FORWARD THINKER (2022) – were both released on the legendary Acid Jazz label. Championed by Jazz FM and described by Craig Charles on BBC Radio 6 Music as "a supremely talented outfit", they have garnered international acclaim from the likes of Jazzwise, Clash Magazine, Radio France Internationale (RFI) and BBC Radio 2 among many others.

The core of Nimbus Sextet’s sound comes courtesy of bandleader and primary composer Joe Nichols (keys/piano, harmonica). The full lineup includes Euan Allardice (trumpet), Michael Butcher (saxophones), Samuel Parkinson (guitar), Stephen Jack (bass) and Jack O' Rourke (drums) . The band are noted for continuously expanding their musical horizons, fusing varied musical influences into their sonic palette. They are recorded produced by Nuovi Fratelli –production duo Wayne A. Dickson and Luigi Pasquini.

Their albums on Acid Jazz feature some of the UK's top jazz musicians as guest performers, including Nathaniel Cross (Moses Boyd), Jackson Mathod (Blue Lab Beats), Charlotte de Graaf (Kid Creole & The Coconuts) and the legendary percussionist Steve Forman (Lee Ritenour, David Bowie etc). 

Following a full UK tour last summer that included a standing ovation at Ronnie Scott’s, Nimbus Sextet will perform music from their hotly anticipated third album throughout 2024, which is due for release later in the year and will take their evolving sound to new heights.


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

Scottish Jazz Award nominees for 'Best Band' and Forward Thinker 'Best Album' (2022)



The Nimble Nuovication Of Nimbus Sextet

Read "The Nimble Nuovication Of Nimbus Sextet" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

Scottish jazz, like the country's favoured spirit, whisky, is distinctive, carefully crafted, slowly matured and justifiably rare, and it delivers a sense of respect, modernity and personality concurrent with, yet unique from, jazz's ancestral home. Nimbus Sextet represent many regions of Scotland, not simply the two main cities, jny: Edinburgh and jny: Glasgow. All About Jazz interviewed the band's leader, keyboardist and composer, Joe Nichols. All About Jazz: What does the term jazz mean to Nimbus Sextet?

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“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 MAGAZINE

"A supremely talented outfit" - CRAIG CHARLES, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

“The UK jazz scene continues to deliver exceptional records… Nimbus Sextet’s ‘Forward Thinker’ offers compositions with real scope” – CLASH MAGAZINE 

“Brilliant group… now a major band on the UK jazz scene” – JAZZ FM

A very accomplished record” – JAZZWISE


“Top Scottish ensemble with an eye on jazz and world music” – LONDON JAZZ NEWS

“One of the hottest acts on the Scottish jazz scene… Nimbus Sextet are doing great things for Scottish jazz” – BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

“Polished, irresistibly groove-driven” – **** THE SCOTSMAN

An original sound brilliantly supported by the soloists… Nimbus Sextet are back with a new, even more masterful album”  – **** JAZZ MAGAZINE

Nimbus Sextet present their vision of contemporary jazz as a project warranting a seat at the table with Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon-Jones and Moses Boyd.” – **** UK VIBE

An infectious sound that gets down with a ‘70s funky fusion.” – **** SHINDIG!

“On this evidence, they will soon be able to give Incognito a run for their money; and for those who are passionate devotees of British jazz-funk, should be checked-out post-haste” – SOUL & JAZZ & FUNK


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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