Clovis Nicolas

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 30 critically acclaimed recordings, including Bruce Harris' “Beginnings”; Behn Gillece's “Walk of Fire” (with saxophonist Walt Weiskopf); Belmondo’s “Hymne au Soleil” which won three Jazz Grammy Awards and sold more than 20,000 copies; pianist Laurent Courthaliac ‘s “Pannonica” and “All My Life” (Album of the Year 2016 by the French Jazz Academy), Samora Pinderhughes' ”Transformations Suite” (Jazz Album of the year 2016 on Apple Music)...

In addition to those Clovis Nicolas recorded his own music under his name for Sunnyside Records, “Nine Stories” in 2014 selected in the Best Albums of the Year by Downbeat Magazine, and the later “Freedom Suite Ensuite” in 2018.

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”One of only a handful of bassists cutting any new or worthwhile ground in modern jazz” - Bop'N'Jazz ​ “A formidable walker with a big, resonant tone, Nicolas also distinguishes himself as a first-rate composer” - DownBeat ​ “One of our actual bass heroes” - Telerama ​ ”A very, very good bass sound” - Ron Carter
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New York City

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I have a Bachelor and a Masters degree from Juilliard School, having studied under Ron Carter for bass and Kendall Briggs for composition. I have performed extensively over the past 20 years, recorded many albums, studied privately with Peter Washington, Bob Hurst, Barry Harris, Ben Street. I have taught many masterclasses in France, USA, Colombia with the Juilliard Fellowship Program as well as private students all over the world. Please contact me for more informations, rates, etc.

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