The Jahmal Nicols Group

January 15 & 16

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Jahmal Nichols, bassist, composer, arranger and producer was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Jahmal is from a rare breed of bassists/musicians that is able to fluently go from electric bass to acoustic bass on any genre of music. His goal ultimately is to bring the world a new sound and voice on the bass and provide great musicianship to any artist that he works for as a sideman.

He comes from a very musical family and was introduced to the bass at the age of 13 after years of watching his father play bass at church and for numerous of local artists on the R&B scene. Jahmal started his own musical journey at Central Visual & Performing Arts High School and North Carolina Central University, where he majored in music. It was there at Central Visual & Performing Arts he was introduced to the upright bass and later to the electric bass. From this point on Jahmal intensely worked on perfecting his craft. With 20 years of experience Jahmal has shared the stage with artists from all over the world including Gregory Porter, Fontella Bass, Jon Faddis, Sean Jones, Terrell Stafford, Houston Person, Eric Roberson, Matt Wilson, Anat Cohen, Frank Foster, Julie Dexter, Anthony David, and many many more….

Jahmal has released album titled “2 Worlds 1 Mind” where he shows his ability to switch from electric and upright bass and also the various tones he gets from the bass. And NEW music will be released mid 2017. So be on the look out…


Upcoming Shows

JAN. 29-30
Norm Lewis

JAN. 31-FEB. 1
Jazz at Lincoln Center Group
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New York and St. Louis team up for the return of one of our favorite residencies, featuring some of the amazing artist/ educators from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Saxophonist Camille Thurman, trumpeter Pharez Whitted, and bassist Endea Owens mark their debut at Jazz St. Louis, joining drummer, Steve Fidyk as he returns for his second education residency.

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FEB. 5-9
Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Standards Trio

FEB. 12
Bitches Brew at 50
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Bitches Brew at 50

featuring composer, critic and independent scholar, George Grella

THIS EVENT IS A PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKS: PERFORMANCE AND AUTHOR SERIES

Of all of the trumpeter’s releases, none has elicited the lasting controversy of 1970’s double album Bitches Brew – a session that helped usher in a revolutionary period in jazz’s development, or as some saw it, signified its imminent demise. Composer, critic, and independent scholar George Grella (author of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series book on Bitches Brew) helps us celebrate the 50th anniversary of this influential work by St. Louis’s Miles Davis, followed by a performance by Adam Maness and an all-star cast of St. Louis’s finest musicians.

Wednesday, February 12

Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Avenue
7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Cost: FREE

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MISSION

Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to lead our community in advancing the uniquely American art of jazz through live performance, education and community engagement.

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