Singer/Songwriter Jazz recording artist and educator
Recording artist, Nicolas Bearde, a seasoned and highly
respected showman, has established himself as a powerful
presence in the contemporary jazz vocal mileu over this past decade.
His silky baritone sound invites comparisons to Johnny Hartman,
Lou Rawls, and Joe Williams, and his wit and engaging rapport
captures and draws the audience into his live performances.
Nicolas has 5 CD's out on his own label, Right Groove Records,
and his most recent album release, "Invitation" in January 2016,
with coruscating solos by sax legend, Vincent Herring, and lush
arrangements by grammy-winning pianist, Nat Adderley, Jr.
rose quickly to the Top 20 on the Jazz Week Charts, garnering rave
reviews at home and abroad.
Forged from his Nashville, (TN) roots and his 1980’s initiation
into the thriving San Francisco music scene, Nicolas’ unique
approach and electrifying delivery of his originals, time-tested
standards, blues and other familiar jazz works, are soulful,
swinging, improvisational and memorable!!
For the past 20 years, Nicolas has also delighted audiences
with his vocal stylings as a member of Bobby McFerrin's wildly
innovative a cappella ensemble, "Voicestra", while carving out his
own distinctive solo career. With classic performances and cool
interpretations of jazz standards and blues - Nicolas is the
definitive jazz romantic. He'll steam you up with an original
soulful song like Love Me, pull you into the nuanced emotion of a
classic Bill Wither's tune, Can We Pretend, or captivate you with
a stirring rendition of Naima, a John Coltrane ballad.