With the very recent passing of Al Jarreau, we are in urgent need of those who know how to convey the love of JAZZ. Male vocalists who revere the genre in particular. Enter Nicolas Bearde. Not that Nicolas has just entered the arena, mind you - he has been doing his anointed THING for quite a while. Let's give you the Reader's Digest version of that journey :)
First, this is a songwriter as well as a singer. A producer, a mentor to many - and that includes being an educator. We cannot stress enough how significant this is from a man who has become a MASTER at his craft. Blame MOM! Young Nicolas was witness to many a card party in his household - his Mother and her friends enjoyed late night Radio. And thus the thirst for MUSIC was born. From those Nashville roots, 18 year-old Nicolas was knee-deep in the military. Then found his way to Los Angeles - finding his Jazz chops in San Francisco.
But there was more than the on-fire desire for Jazz in those days. Danny Glover found Nicolas - they were in a stage play in the early 80's Impressed, Danny further pressed our guest to study with the respected acting teacher, Jean Shelton. A year later, Nicolas auditioned for and got a part in Athol Fugard's "Master Harold"...and the Boys. Four more plays followed - then film and TV roles. I'm talking "True Crime" with Eastwood and "Pacific Heights" with Keaton :-O Commercial work, too.
In 1986, Bobby McFerrin recruited Bay area singers for his "Voicestra." Ten years of a cappella creativity - then Bobby took a break. A smaller unit was formed. And Nicolas was recognized in a BIG way. He hasn't stopped! His fifth album on Right Groove tells the story. The rest comes on 2'/13 at one p.m. Eastern :)
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