Desert Island Jazz
Nicolas Bearde (2012)

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Referring to his home town, Nashville, Tennessee, Nicolas Bearde describes himself as growing up in Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs country but listening to Johnny Mathis and to James Bond themes.

Nicolas has been in California since the 1970s, initially in Los Angeles, and for over three decades in the Bay Area. He's a man of many parts: singer, performer, actor and educator.

Nicolas worked the R&B circuit while in Los Angeles, and then started honing his jazz cops with a regular gig at Pasand's nightclub during the early 1980s. In 1985, he became past of "Jukebox", a radio play starring Danny Glover, and at Glover's suggestion, he started taking acting classes, As a result he was cast in "Master Harold and the Boys"; other parts soon followed.

Singer Molly Holm connected Nicolas with Bobby McFerrin, and in 1986 Nicolas became part of that Bay Area vocal tradition which became Voicestra and thence So Vo So.

Nicolas started his own record label in 1998, and since then has issued more than a little music. Possessed of a big, deep, warm voice (which he modestly describes simply as "baritone"), he now does it all: produces, acts, sings, does voice-over work, teaches and travels.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Bobby Hutcherson Waiting Waiting Blue Note
# 2 Minnie Ripperton Come to My Garden Les Fleurs Flavour
# 3 Jon Lucien Rashida Rashida RCA
# 4 Giacomo Puccini Madama Butterfly: Leontyne Price, Richard Tucker, Rosalind Elias and Philip Maero, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Erich Leinsdorf Ancora un Passo Or Via RCA
# 5 Miles Davis Someday My Prince Will Come Someday My Prince Will Come Columbia
# 6 Earth, Wind and Fire Last Days and Time Remember the Children Columbia
# 7 Johnny Mathis Heavenly They Say It's Wonderful Columbia
# 8 Shirley Horn Here's to Life Where Do You Start? Verve
Book Toni Morrison, "Beloved" or something of that nature
Luxury Item A golf club and some balls
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