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Nicolas Bearde: Invitation

Read "Invitation" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bay-area vocalist Nicolas Bearde belongs to an exclusive club: male jazz singers. I suspect, being scientifically minded, that submissions from male jazz singers make up approximately 10% of the music I receive for review. While in may be impolitic to discuss, it remains a fact. Not only are there few male jazz singers, there a fewer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nicolas Bearde: Invitation

Read "Invitation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A jewel always shines brightest when placed in just the right setting, and boy does this album emphasize that point. When Nicholas Bearde's soulful and affecting baritone sits atop these impeccably tailored arrangements of sterling standards, the results are absolutely stunning.

With his four previous albums, the Bay Area-based Bearde has managed to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Nicolas Bearde's "Invitation," Produced By Nat Adderley Jr., Due January 29

Nicolas Bearde's "Invitation," Produced By Nat Adderley Jr., Due January 29

Nicolas Bearde is a San Francisco Bay Area treasure. As a charter member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra ensemble as well as the innovative vocal sextet SoVoSó, he’s long been internationally recognized as a versatile and fearless vocal improviser, charismatic performer, and distinctive jazz and soul stylist. While Bearde has drawn on his love for both R&B and ...

NEWS: EVENT

Nicolas Bearde and Nat Adderley Jr CD Preview Concert at Yoshi's on September 15th at 8pm

Nicolas Bearde and Nat Adderley Jr CD Preview Concert at Yoshi's on September 15th at 8pm

Vocalist Nicolas Bearde And Grammy-Winning Pianist/Composer Nat Adderley Jr. Hit The Jazz Trail Together "Bearde taps into music’s deeper currents, where love, desire and heartache freely intermingle." —Andrew Gilbert, jazz journalist "A powerful musical presence that touched each and every person in the audience." —John Handy About Nicolas Bearde A renowned jazz singer of remarkable depth, range and technique, with ...

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Ray Obiedo: There Goes That

Read "There Goes That" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Noted guitarist Ray Obiedo's There Goes That (Rhythmus Records) is his first album since 1999's Modern World (Domo Records). Over his 4 decades plus career, Obeido has worked with an impressive Who's Who List of musicians including: Herbie Hancock, Bobbi Humphrey, George Duke, The Whispers, Brenda Russell, Pete Escovedo, Grover Washington, Jr., The Rippingtons and Lou ...

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Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob Band: Bathtub Gin

Read "Bathtub Gin" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Roberta Donnay is a Jazz Age preservationist, guardian of Depression-era sounds, and extender of traditions, but her music isn't covered with cobwebs or dated in any way. On Bathtub Gin, this singer-composer puts a new coat of paint on the songs of the '20s and '30s, contributes originals sympathetic to the sounds of those times, and ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Vocalist Nicolas Bearde & Special Guest Nat Adderley Jr. To Perform At Yoshi's San Francisco, Sept. 13

Vocalist Nicolas Bearde & Special Guest Nat Adderley Jr. To Perform At Yoshi's San Francisco, Sept. 13

Nicolas Bearde is a jny: San Francisco Bay Area treasure. As a charter member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra ensemble as well as the innovative vocal sextet SoVoSó, he’s long been internationally recognized as a versatile and fearless vocal improviser, charismatic performer, and distinctive jazz and soul stylist. Bearde will bring it all to Yoshi’s San Francisco on ...

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Nicolas Bearde: Visions

Read "Visions" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Nicolas Bearde has carved out a comfortable niche in the soul-meets-jazz area of the music world. His previous albums--Crossing The Line (Right Groove Records, 2003), All About Love (Right Groove Records, 2004) and Live at Yoshi's--a Salute to Lou (Right Groove Records, 2008)--showcase his songwriting and suave delivery while also pointing toward those who've inspired ...

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Nicolas Bearde: Visions

Read "Visions" reviewed by Chris Mosey

First the good news: Nicolas Bearde, former back-up singer with Bobby McFerrin, is blessed with a deep, dark, romantic voice reminiscent of Lou Rawls and on this album, which seeks to blend soul with jazz, he is backed by some of the best studio musicians on the West Coast.

Now the bad news: ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist Nicolas Bearde's New CD, "Live at Yoshi's: A Salute to Lou," Due May 20

Vocalist Nicolas Bearde's New CD, "Live at Yoshi's: A Salute to Lou," Due May 20

A charter member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra ensemble as well as the innovative Bay Area vocal sextet SoVoS, Nicolas Bearde has long been recognized as an adept and fearless vocal improviser. But Bearde is a down-to-earth soul stylist as well. On his new CD, “Live at Yoshi's: A Salute to Lou," which is due for release on ...