The word is out !!!
New CD Preview Party - September 15, 2015
Nicolas Bearde and Grammy Award winning pianist, composer Nat Adderley Jr.
Yoshi's - Oakland, CA
Thanks for stopping by,
I hope you will stay awhile and check out my music.
"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
Nicolas Bearde is the embodiment of taking that old school sound and making it new cool with "Visions" running the sonic spectrum of vocal artistry and lyrical unpredictability - Brent Black - Critical Jazz
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
A deeply soulful voice...A uniquely versatile entertainer" - Bobby McFerrin
'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. His singing makes you feel the emotions of the music”...John Handy
Bearde is the definitive jazz romantic...he brings a tenderness and delicacy to his songs that deftly avoids maudlin interpretations”...Ron Saranich - Cosmic Debris
“Sophisticated jazzy soul that sends the hardcore into a state of pronounced delirium”...Dean Johnson - Soulvation Magazine, London, UK
“Bearde has managed to put out one of the best soul-jazz albums of the year”...Chris Wells - Echoes, London, UK
“All About Love” is packed with romantic ballads that are “fresh and unpretentious”...Cafe Jazzz - Toronto, Canada
“Totally romantic, totally smooth, totally delightful...memorable melodies, engaging lyrics, and top-notch arrangements... Scott O'Brien - SmoothJazz.com
“Nicolas Bearde has a voice like velvet and the composing skills to match”...Sounds of Timeless Jazz
VISIONS ( released 2013 ) reflects the continuing journey of jazz vocalist, actor and educator, Nicolas Bearde. This enticing collection of soulful jazz and standards covers a wide range of material and speaks volumes about Bearde's diverse musical influences. Motivated to bring different shadings to his work, Nicolas tests the waters in new approaches to the jazz music that has intrigued and inspired him since he first fell under the spell of jazz greats like Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Along with Jon Lucien's samba gem, "You're Sensational" produced by bass legend Alphonso Johnson, and the Errol Garner classic, "Misty" with a hip shaking swing infusion of David K. Mathew's gritty and growling B3 accompaniment, Nicolas gets his groove on with a funky horn-driven arrangement of Gene McDaniels legendary composition, "Compared to What". The Doug Carn straight ahead arrangement of Maurice and Verdine White's inspirational piece, "Mighty, Mighty" simply smokes with Marcus Shelby's churning bass line, drummer Deszon Clairborne's rapid-fire stick work and Glen Pearson's fiery piano. The set is topped off with the title track, Stevie Wonders' plaintive plea for understanding, "Visions", featuring the elegant guitar stylings of Bay Area staple, John Hoy.