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Grady Nichols

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Born: July 11    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

From small town Midwest beginnings to the big-time as an internationally known saxophonist, Grady Nichols enjoys an audience as broad as his musical taste. Hot off the success and critical acclaim of last CD, Sophistication, Grady’s goal was to record a CD that reflected his broad range of musical influences and tastes. To accomplish this, he tapped Zac Maloy to produce his newest endeavor, Take Me With You.

Maloy’s musical versatility includes writing, producing and performing. He is the founder and front man of the MCA Records band, The Nixons and also produced The Vanished, Bowling For Soup (Jive Records) and Jonas Brothers (Hollywood Records)...
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Awards:

• Legacy Tribute Award from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (2004)

• Charlie Christian Jazz Music Award for Outstanding Achievements In Jazz (2005)

• Outstanding Achievement and Contributions in Music / Smooth Jazz and More’s Top 10 CD’s of 2005 Honorable Mention (Sophistication)

• Best Musician Award / The Best of The Best 2008 / Oklahoma Magazine

• Absolute Best of Tulsa Award / Jazz Musician / Urban Tulsa 2008

Sophistication

Sophistication debuts on the SmoothJazz.com charts and remained on the chart for 40+ weeks

• Named #28 of the Top 50 Smooth Jazz Albums of 2004 by SmoothJazz.com

• Smoothie Award Winner: #14 top selling Smooth Jazz Albums of 2004 on SmoothJazz.com

• #8 Most Played Album by Café Jazz Radio

• #3 Break through Artist for the Year by Café Jazz Radio
B>As a Leader

Take Me With You
2008
Tracks: Bellissimo; Runway; Every Kinda People (featuring Leigh Nash); Dove (I'll Still Be Loving You); Take Me With You (featuring Jenny Labow); Can't Get You Out of My Head; Nashville; After The Rain (featuring Tony Mason); Bad Attitude; Give Love (featuring Toni Estes); Ascent (Something for the Common Man); Slow Motion' Take Me With You (house mix by Andy Caldwell)
Produced by Zac Maloy. Featured Performances by Leigh Nash, Toni Estes, Tony Mason, Jenny Labow. House Mix by Andy Caldwell. "Every Kind of People" recorded by Chris Latham.
Personnel: Grady Nichols: Alto and Soprano Saxophone
David John: Guitars
Mike Wilson: Keyboards
Chuck Tottress: Bass
Jo Nathan Watkins: Drums
Arthur Thompson: Percussion
Jeff Lorber: Keyboards where noted.


Sophistication
2004
Tracks: Tuesday Morning; Livin' the Life; Sneak; End of the Night; All Right; Dinner and a Movie; Within the Blue; Behind the Scenes; Circle of Friends; Alone With You; Quiet Times.
Produced by Jeff Lorber, Mixed by Paul Brown. Features Chris Botti
Personnel: Grady Nichols: Alto and Soprano Saxophone
Jeff Lorber: Keyboards
Chris Botti: Trumpet on "End of the Night"
Paul Pesco: Rhythm Guitar
Ray Fuller: Rhythm Guitar
Gene Morrison: Trombone
Bill Gable: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Rich Gable: Flute, Keyboards



In The Fullness of Time
2001
Tracks: Heaven Help Us All; Live For You; Awakenings; Seasons of Change; In Not Of; When She Comes To Me; Just For You; Oh My Soul; Something About You; I Will Be Your Friend; Amazing Grace; First Corinthians Thirteen; Tuesday Morning
Grady Nichols: Alto and Soprano Saxophone
Wallace McNary: Keyboards, Hammond B3
Chris Hyde: Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Chuck Totress: Bass
Matt Steele: Percussion
Drums: Joe Nathan Watkins
Bill Gable: Trumpet
Joe Metzer: Trumpet
Rod Clark: Trombone
Greta Metzer: Tenor Saxophone
Rich Gable: Baritone Saxophone
David Robillard: Violin
John Arnold: Violin
Katie Wolfe: Violin
Michael Reaves: Violin
Caroline Reaves: Violin
Sharon Jackson: Violin
Royce McLarry: Viola
Joseph Guevara: Viola
Steven Fraser: Cello
Valorie Tatge: Cello
Parvin Smith: Bass


Mysterious Intentions
1997
Tracks: Convergence; Miss Saszee; The Last Goodbye; Forever Friend; Mysterious Intentions; While You Wait; First Snow; No Man Is An Island; Theme from Star Trek: First Contact; Amazing Grace
Grady Nichols: Alto and Soprano Saxophone
David John: Guitars
Scott Matthews: Pinao, Synths, Hammond B-3, Bass and Drum programming
Jeff Shadley: Trumpet on "Mysterious Intentions"
Cheryl Wright: Background vocals on "Forever Friend and "No Man Is An Island"
Joann Rosario: Background vocals on "Forever Friend and "No Man Is An Island"
Stephen L. Lyman: Background vocals on "Forever Friend and "No Man Is An Island"
Byron Davis: Background vocals on "Forever Friend and "No Man Is An Island"


Between You And Me
1996
Tracks: Pocket City; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Between You And Me; Off The Cuff; Songbird; Everytime You Go Away; Speak Softly; Respect; When A Man Loves A Woman; Amazing Grace.
Grady Nichols: Alto and Soprano Saxophone
Marcos Cruz: Keyboards
Kendall Johnson: Bass Guitar
Mike Grimes: Drums

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