NIMBUS SEXTET are a major talent on the UK jazz scene, currently signed to Acid Jazz Records. Led by pianist/keyboardist Joe Nichols, the multi-national contemporary jazz outfit fuses their jazz, world, hip-hop and funk influences uniquely into a strong melodic blend that has set them apart from their contemporaries.
The core of the Nimbus sound comes courtesy of bandleader and primary composer Joe Nichols (keys/harmonica), and long-time collaborators Alex Palmer (drums) and Mischa Stevens (bass), who met while studying at the University of Edinburgh. The full lineup includes trumpeter Euan Allardice, saxophonist Michael Butcher and guitarist Honza Kourimsky.
Mainstays at the Scottish jazz festivals and performing in the UK and Europe’s top jazz venues, the band have also joined the likes of Nubiyan Twist, Cykada and Youngblood Brass Band on recent tour dates. Their first UK tour took place in February/March 2020, ending in a sell-out performance at Servant Jazz Quarters in London.
“Stunning debut… their formidable ease to improvise around thought and powerful grooves really resonate with you when you listen to their music” – Jazz Revelations
Following the success of their self-released debut single ‘Seance’, Nichols signed Nimbus Sextet to Acid Jazz Records in spring 2019. DREAMS FULFILLED was released on October 23rd, 2020. The album received widespread critical acclaim from Jazzwise, Jazzed, Clash Magazine, BBC 6Music (including Huey Morgan and the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show) and radio stations worldwide. Their breakthrough singles, “Trap Door” and “Lily White”, featured heavily on the Jazz FM playlist for several months, with the band being awarded Jazz FM’s ‘Album Of The Week’ later in the year. Two live performance videos were premiered by Jazzed while another debuted on Clash Magazine.
The HELIX EP followed on September 3rd, 2021. It featured two unreleased recordings from the album sessions including their blistering reimagined version of Yussef Kamaal’s modern day classic “Lowrider”, which enjoyed plays on BBC6 Music and again on Jazz FM’s featured playlist.
Nimbus Sextet’s second Acid Jazz album FORWARD THINKER was released on May 27th 2022 with launch shows at the prestigious New Morning in Paris, Pizza Express Live in London on release day, a sold out concert at Glasgow Jazz Festival and a UK tour this summer. This follows hot off the heels of their packed out debut performance at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London during January.
“Nimbus Sextet are back with a new, even more masterful album” – **** Jazz Magazine
The album features contributions from Nathaniel Cross (Solange, Macy Gray), Nubiyan Twist’s Jonny Enser, Scottish saxophonist Harry Weir and percussion legend Steve Forman (Pink Floyd, Herbie Hancock). “High Time”, featuring Jackson Mathod (Stormzy) and singer Charlotte de Graaf (Kid Creole and the Coconuts), was issued in April alongside the announcement of the album release. As with the band’s previous releases, the LP was produced by Nuovi Fratelli – production duo Wayne A. Dickson and Luigi Pasquini. It sees the band expand their musical horizons, incorporating hip-hop and dance elements to the jazz, world and funk sounds they are well known for.
Nimbus Sextet are primed and ready to take their engaging sound to audiences in all corners of the globe with the release of FORWARD THINKER, their most accomplished and fully realised release to date.