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NICHOLS, MORNING & JIM
Morning and Jim Nichols are two San Francisco based musicians who are known for their versatility and mastery of their art. They have been performing together in many settings since 1982.

An attractive and vivacious song stylist with a pure and uncomplicated approach, Morning has performed extensively in Northern California at a variety of concerts, clubs, and festivalsincluding the 1993 Monterey Jazz Festival and the 1996 Mabel Mercer West Coast Cabaret Convention. She was the featured vocalist for seven years with the acclaimed Full Faith & Credit Big Band, and has appeared with Johnny Mathis, Melissa Manchester, Mark Murphy, the Smothers Brothers, Maria Muldaur, and the Harry James Orchestra. She is also featured on the title track of In The Hour of Shadows and Whispers, a 1995 album release by pianist-composer Phil Klein. KJAZs Jack Springer describes Morning as having an impeccable and graceful style of singing.

Jim possesses impressive credentials with appearances on television, radio, concert halls and clubs including Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show. He has played and recorded with Hubert Laws, Art Pepper, Kenny Rankin, Eddie Harris, Tom Waits, and many others. The San Francisco Chronicle describes him as a thinking musician whose tasteful solos and accompaniment add even more pleasure.

Jim and Morning currently reside in Pacifica, California.

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A virtuoso on six strings, Jim is a gifted improviser&with amazing dexterity. Mornings warm and intense voice envelopes the room with true emotion.  Le Telegramme, Brest - France

Jim Nichols is a guitarist who can seemingly do it all. He plays solo jazz arrangements with sophisticated harmonies and a finesse not often heard. On a nylon-string guitar, he can play classical pieces with the requisite tone and feel or Jerry Reed-inspired tunes replete with funky counterpoint and poppin Telecaster licks. His single-line jazz solos evoke Wes Montgomery with smooth octaves and John Coltrane with slippery embellishments and abstract arpeggios. Yet the thumbpick Nichols wears hints at the common thread in all his music: the influence of Chet Atkins.  Dylan Schorer, Acoustic Guitar Magazine

The leap from the music of Merle Travis to John Coltrane may be impossible even in concept for most musicians, let alone in reality. However, for Jim Nichols, it's like slipping on a favorite pair of shoes. Jim is at home whether he is playing "Nine Pound Hammer" or "Giant Steps." Blending his early influences of Travis, Atkins and Reed with bebop jazz, Jim has established himself as one of the most versatile and impressive fingerstylists of the day.  Bill Piburn, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

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