Primary Instrument: Bass
After having established himself as a first-call bass player on the European scene (performances with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Brad Mehldau, Michel Legrand,..), jazz bassist Clovis Nicolas moved from France to New York in 2002. Since then, he has shared the stage in numerous venues (Jazz Standard, Smalls Jazz Club, Blue Note, 55 Bar, Kennedy Center, Smoke, Jazz Gallery, Birdland, Alice Tully Hall, Dizzy’s Club...) with some of today's most prominent jazz musicians, such as Grant Stewart, Harry Allen, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Benny Powell, James Williams, Peter Bernstein, Joe Magnarelli, Sacha Perry, Sachal Vasandani, Simon Shaheen, Carl Allen, Jane Monheit, and Dan Nimmer.
He is featured on more than fifteen critically acclaimed recordings, including Josh Brown’ s “The Feeling of Jazz”, new alto sensation Dmitry Baevsky’s “Some Other Spring” (with guitarist Joe Cohn), as well as on Belmondo’s “Hymne au Soleil” which won three Jazz Grammy Awards in 2004 and sold more than 20,000 copies. He recently recorded on pianist Laurent Courthaliac ‘s “Pannonica” (to be released on Jazz Village label), sharing the bass chair with jazz legend Ron Carter.
He recently graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School with a Master of Music, and has been touring extensively for performances and master classes in South and North America through the school’s educational outreach program with Frank Kimbrough, Carl Allen, Rodney Jones, Donald Vega. Clovis was also featured in the concert “Ron Carter at 75” in Alice Tully Hall in March 2012, performing with such guests as Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws, Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller, Lewis Nash, Benny Golson and Buster Williams.