Nicolas Bearde

Nicolas Bearde

Musicians | Instrument: Voice / vocals | Location: San Francisco

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

Updated: August 22, 2022

Born: September 15, 1960

Recording artist, Nicolas Bearde is an award winning vocalist, whose silky baritone sound, wit and engaging rapport draws the audience into his live performances. Nicolas has 6 CD's out on his own label, Right Groove Records. His most recent album, “I Remember You : The Music of Nat King Cole" released on August 30, 2019, featuring special guest and sax great, Eric Alexander, rose quickly to the Top 20 on the Jazz Week Charts, garnering rave reviews at home and abroad. 

Nicolas is also the featured vocalist on sax legend Vincent Herring's chart-topping  CD, “Hard Times"  as well as the vocalist and narrator with Vincent’s "Story of Jazz Orchestra"  a 10 piece ensemble of jazz luminaries( Eric Alexander, James Carter, Jon Faddis, Jeremy Pelt, Steve Turre, Mike LeDonne, Kenny Davis and Carl Allen) who travel the world presenting Jazz music's 100+ year history. 

As an educator, Nicolas has worked with the California Jazz Conservatory and Jazz Camp West teaching “Vocal Intensive” workshops, and was the chair of “popular voice” for the Young Arts Foundation in Miami, Florida for 5 years.

Nicolas first made his mark in the world of jazz as an original member of Bobby McFerrin's  innovative a cappella ensemble, "Voicestra" (1986-2005), while carving out his own distinctive solo career.  With classic performances and innovative interpretations of jazz standards and blues - Nicolas is the definitive jazz romantic. He'll steam you up with an original soulful song like Love Me, pull you into the nuanced emotion of a classic Bill Wither's tune, Can We Pretend, or captivate you with a stirring rendition of Naima, a John Coltrane ballad.

Born and raised in Nashville, TN and singing as long as he can remember, Nicolas’ love of Jazz and R&B classics can be laid at his mother’s feet.  He remembers: "My Mother and her crew loved to have card parties, listen to late night radio, finger-pop, whoop and shout "Honey, hush" while listening to Billy Eckstine and Cab Calloway, And... Oh how they loved a good ballad!!" One of her favorites “Moonlight in Vermont”,  stayed in Bearde's head for over 40 years before he recorded it on his sophomore album, "All About Love" in 2005.

 Leaving home in his teens, after a short stint in college,  Bearde began singing in earnest while living in Japan during his military service, and after a few years in the LA music scene,  made his home in the San Francisco/Bay Area where he began developing his jazz chops and a more intimate approach to performing. 

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"A deeply soulful voice... A unique entertainer." —Bobby McFerrin "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 "Bearde's interpretations are as affecting as they are elegant..." —Christopher Loudon, Jazz times "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 "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

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If You Were Mine

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God Bless the Child

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Nicolas Bearde Tour

Past Concerts

  Fri, Feb 3
Napa, CA
Nicolas Bearde Quartet
Blue Note Napa
Fri, Feb 3. 8:00 pm
  Sat, Feb 4
Castro Valley, CA
Nicolas Bearde Quartet
Castro Valley Center
Sat, Feb 4. 7:30 pm
  Sat, Feb 11
San Jose, CA
Nicolas Bearde Trio
Mama Kin
Sat, Feb 11. 9:00 pm