Vocalist Nicolas Bearde and pianist, composer Nat Adderley Jr. hit the Jazz trail together.

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Jazz vocalist Nicolas Bearde and Grammy-winning pianist, composer Nat Adderley Jr. will preview music from their soon-to-be-released recording project at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland, CA on Tuesday, September 15.

"Nicolas Bearde has a voice like velvet and the composing skills to match" - Sounds of Timeless Jazz.

Nicolas Bearde…

A renowned jazz singer of remarkable depth, range and technique, with a compelling musical style has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences worldwide. Forged from his Nashville, (TN) roots, his 1980’s initiation into the thriving San Francisco music scene, and 10 years on the road with Bobby McFerrin’s world renowned vocal ensemble, “Voicestra”, Nicolas’ unique approach and electrifying delivery of originals, time-tested standards, blues and familiar jazz works, are soulful, improvisational and memorable!! It was with the release of his first album in 1998, “Crossing the Line”, that audiences were introduced to Bearde’s jazz sensibilities, and… with his 2013 release of “Visions” that featured jazz notables such as: “Alphonso Johnson, Will Kennedy, David Garfield and others, Bearde served up the jazz vocal sides in mighty fine style”, says jazz critic, Chris Spector.

Nat Adderley Jr…

Best known for his work with Luther Vandross, Nat is the scion of the famed Adderley jazz family. Raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, he began playing piano as a child and when young Nat was only 11 years old, he had his first song, “I’m on my Way”, recorded by his uncle Cannonball on the 1967 album, “Why am I treated so bad”. It was at Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music & Art that Adderley first met fellow student Luther Vandross, with whom he would later spend much of his musical career, contributing as co-writer on most of Vandross’ albums. Adderley has returned to his jazz roots these days, and his distinctive approach to standards and originals are instant crowd-pleasers.

New CD, titled “Invitation” …

Scheduled for release - early 2016 – Bearde and Adderley’s project features exhilarating solos by famed saxman, Vincent Herring plus contributions by bassists - Kenny Davis and Belden Bullock, as well as drummers – Vince Ector and Rocky Bryant. Adderley’s arrangement of the title song, as well as his unique interpretations of compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Billy Strayhorn and others, demonstrate his remarkable musicality and range. The combination of Adderley’s artistry, and Bearde’s distinctive jazz vocal stylings lift this project to stellar heights.

The Yoshi’s engagement – 7pm “meet & greet’ and 8pm show on Tuesday, September 15 is sure to reveal more about this burgeoning relationship, and…a CD ‘sampler’ will be available for purchase that evening.

Tickets: http://www.yoshis.com/event/838547-nicolas-bearde-nat-adderley-oakland/

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