Jazz Vocalist, Nicolas Bearde re-interprets the timeless songs of one of his earliest influences, Nat “King” Cole, with fresh arrangements by Josh Nelson, long-time pianist for the late Natalie Cole. Bearde’s supple phrasing and tender delivery breathes new life into Nat’s trove of enduring classics including “Unforgettable”, “Straighten up and Fly Right” and “Tenderly.”
Nicolas Bearde vocals
Randy Porter piano
Ruth Davies bass
Lorca Hart drums
Bearde 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. His most recent album release - Invitation, produced 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.
For the past 30+ years, Nicolas has made major marks in the world of jazz as an original member of Bobby McFerrin's innovative a cappella ensemble, "Voicestra", while carving out his own distinctive solo career. With classic performances and innovative 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 ofNaima, a John Coltrane ballad.