Nicolas Bearde

Nicolas Bearde

Instrument: Voice / vocals | Location: San Francisco

When Nicolas Bearde's soulful and affecting baritone sits atop these impeccably tailored arrangements of sterling standards, the results are absolutely stunning.
—All About Jazz

Updated: June 19, 2021

Born: September 15, 1960

2016 release—Invitation—Nicolas' 5th outing on Right Groove Records, released on January 29, 2016, is highlighted with arrangements and fiery performances by grammy-winner, pianist Nat Adderley Jr. with guest appearances by sax legend, Vincent Herring. Invitation which moved to a prominent position in the Top 20 of the Jazz Week Charts, sizzles with selections from the classic jazz songbook, and the performances of two New York-based rhythm sections.

Internationally renowned vocalist, Nicolas Bearde, is a jazz singer of remarkable depth, range and technique who has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences worldwide for his 'buttery baritone' and imaginative interpretations. A seasoned and highly respected showman on stage, Bearde's brilliant and lush vocals combine passion, wit and sensuality, with an engaging rapport that captures and draws the audience into his performance. Forged from his Nashville (TN) roots and his 1980’s initiation into the thriving San Francisco music scene, Nicolas’ unique approach and electrifying delivery of his originals, time-tested standards, blues and other familiar jazz works, are soulful, swinging, improvisational and memorable!!

EARLY CAREER

Born and raised in Nashville, TN and singing as long as he can remember, Nicolas’ love of Jazz and R&B classics can be laid at his mother’s feet. He remembers: “My Mother and her crew loved to have card parties, listen to late night radio, finger-pop, whoop and shout “Honey, hush” while listening to Billy Eckstine and Cab Calloway, And... Oh how they loved a good ballad!!” One of her favorites “Moonlight in Vermont”, stayed in Bearde's head for over 40 years before he recorded it on his first album.

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”A deeply soulful voice... A unique entertainer.” —Bobby McFerrin

“He's sung with McFerrin and acted with Eastwood - Bearde taps into music's deeper currents, where love, desire and heartache freely intermingle.” —Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News

“Bearde amazes with a sparkling vocal dexterity.” —Brian Soergal, Smooth Jazz

“Bearde's interpretations are as affecting as they are elegant...” —Christopher Loudon, Jazz times

“Commercial without being bloodless, Bearde and his pals, jazz cats Alphonso Johnson, Will Kennedy, Marcus Shelby, Bill Ortiz and others, know how to serve up the jazz vocal sides in mighty fine style.” —Chris Spector, Midwest Record Review

“Bearde teases the listener with his aural foreplay and romantic verse.” —The London Journal

“Nicolas Bearde has a powerful musical presence that touches each and every person in the audience

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Location

San Francisco

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Publicist

Terri Hinte Publicity

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If You Were Mine

From: Visions
By Nicolas Bearde

God Bless the Child

From: Live at Yoshi's - A Salute to...
By Nicolas Bearde