Nicolas Bearde: Lou Rawls Tribute | SFJAZZ

Nicolas Bearde: Lou Rawls Tribute

Nicolas Bearde

Lou Rawls Tribute

Thursday, June 8, 7:30pm · 9:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Nicolas Bearde
A Salute to Lou Rawls Series: SFJAZZ Center · Joe Henderson Lab  

Nicolas Bearde

A honey-voiced singer who made major marks in jazz as part of Bobby McFerrin’s revolutionary a capella group Voicestra and acclaimed offshoot SoVoSó, Nicolas Bearde brings his masterful tribute to soul great Lou Rawls to the Joe Henderson Lab for his Festival premiere. A native of Nashville, Bearde began singing in earnest while living in Japan during his military service, and after a stint in the L.A. music scene, made his home in the Bay Area, where he balanced his music career with acting in stage productions, on television, and in a number of major Hollywood movies. For a decade, Bearde toured and recorded with McFerrin’s Voicestra, an innovative ensemble of improvising vocalists, and continued without McFerrin in a new formulation called SoVoSó, who continue to perform around the world. In 1997, Bearde formed his own Right Groove imprint to record and release his soul-infused solo albums including 2008’s Live at Yoshi’s – A Salute to Lou, a live document of Bearde’s tribute to soul singing giant Lou Rawls produced by the late, legendary Bay Area jazz impresario Bud Spangler. Bearde revisits the music of Rawls, who passed in 2006, breathing fresh life into his trove of timeless songs including “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” and “Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing.”

Artist Personnel

Nicolas Bearde vocals
Glen Pearson keys
Gary Brown bass
Charles McNeal sax
Leon Joyce, Jr drums

Artist Website

"Where jazz intersects soul, there are few more satisfying stylists than Nicolas Bearde, a richly impressive amalgam of Bill Withers and Billy Eckstine " — JazzTimes
"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