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Friday, February 16th, 2018
Jazz for Lovers Nicolas Bearde returns to SFJAZZ following his stellar performance during this year’s 35th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, and recent European tours with sax legend, Vincent Herring and the Story of Jazz Orchestra. Nicolas brings his romantically laced vocal interpretations of contemporary jazz and blues classics, as well as his elegant originals back to the Joe Henderson Lab’s intimate setting. A native of Nashville, Bearde began singing in earnest while living in Japan during his military service. After a stint in the L.A. music scene, he made his home in the Bay Area, where he balances his music career with acting in stage productions, television and major feature films. Bearde began focusing on jazz in the 80’s and for more than a decade toured and recorded with Bobby McFerrin’s innovative vocal ensemble Voicestra and later its off-shoot, SoVoSó, In 1997, Bearde formed his own Right Groove Records imprint to record and release his jazz and soul-influenced albums – including his latest highly acclaimed, straight-ahead CD, “Invitation” produced by grammy-winning pianist Nat Adderley, Jr .