Clovis Nicolas

Clovis Nicolas 5tetParallel to his sideman activities with luminaries such as Grant Stewart, Harry Allen or Bruce Harris, French jazz bassist and Juilliard graduate CLOVIS NICOLAS leads his own orchestra, a skillful quintet that incorporates some of the best young musicians in New York. The repertoire of his band consists of Clovis’ original compositions, but also jazz classics such as “The Bridge” by Sonny Rollins or “The Invisible” by Ornette Coleman. Each selection has been crafted to create a unity of sound that brings together musical materials from swing to more modern textures.

Clovis Nicolas’ band recently released an album for Sunnyside Records, a label that has been showcasing New York’s best jazz for over thirty years. The album received great reviews (All About Jazz, JazzNews Magazine, Bop-N-Jazz,..) and had a lot of radio plays (WBGO, TSF Jazz,..).

Clovis was recently featured in the major French paper, Libération: READ (in French)

“Clovis Nicolas is a young but mature jazz artist who’s ready to fly high” – Gabriel Medina Arenas, All About Jazz

“One of only a handful of bassists cutting any new or worthwhile ground in modern jazz. A stellar recording!” – Brent Black, Bop-N-Jazz

“Clovis Nicolas, one of our actual bass heroes” – Michel Contat, Telerama

“First albums of experimented artists usually turn out to be masterpieces. This rule certainly applies to Clovis Nicolas’ Nine Stories” – Bruno Pfeiffer, Jazz News


1/06 @ New School (WJF) – New York, NY

1/09 @ Smalls – New York, NY