Nicolas Bearde
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Nicolas Bearde
The Music of Nat “King” Cole

Nicolas Bearde

JUN 11–23 | 37th San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 21
Joe Henderson Lab

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, who made his mark in jazz as part of Bobby McFerrins’ revolutionary a cappella group “Voicestra”, has released 6 albums as a leader, and is also the vocalist and narrator for sax legend Vincent Herring’s “Story of Jazz Orchestra” that chronicles 100 years of recorded jazz. Guest pianist Randy Porter joins Nicolas and his quartet for this date.

Portland-based pianist Randy Porter – is “a brilliant, svelte improviser,” says the Seattle Times. He has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson - currently touring with Charles McPherson and Madeline Eastman, and was nominated for the 60th Grammy awards for his release of “Porter plays Porter with Nancy King”.

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.”

A knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility.

The Oregonian on Randy Porter

A knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility.

The Oregonian on Randy Porter

Personnel

Nicolas Bearde vocals
Randy Porter piano
Charles McNeal saxophone
Ruth Davies bass
Lorca Hart drums

Where jazz intersects soul, there are few more satisfying stylists than Nicolas Bearde, a richly impressive amalgam of Bill Withers and Billy Eckstine.

JazzTimes

Personnel

Nicolas Bearde vocals
Randy Porter piano
Charles McNeal saxophone
Ruth Davies bass
Lorca Hart drums

Where jazz intersects soul, there are few more satisfying stylists than Nicolas Bearde, a richly impressive amalgam of Bill Withers and Billy Eckstine.

JazzTimes

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