Jim Nichols has an unusual approach to the guitar--he uses a thumbpick and fingers to play everything from Chet Atkins style to modern jazz . His impressive credentials include appearances on tv, radio, concert halls and clubs including Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show. He has played and/or recorded with Joe Pass, Kenny Rankin, Buddy Montgomery, Art Pepper, Van Morrison, Chet Atkins , Mark Murphy and Hubert Laws, to name a few.
Jim has appeared on TV, including the Tonight Show and performed at many venues, including Carnigie Hall. He has played on many records, jingles, radio and club dates, and has taught guitar for many years. He served as master instructor for the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshops, Stanford Jazz Workshops and held clinics on both jazz and Atkins style for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society national convention in Nashville, the CAP Guitar festival in Bordeaux, France and the Atkins-Dadi Guitar Convention in Issoudun , France. Jim and his vocalist wife Morning have performed at festivals and clubs in the U.S., England, Germany, Italy, Finland, and France, including the Olympia Theater in Paris. Jim was featured at the 18th annual Django Reinhardt Festival in trio with Martin Taylor and Romane, to great reviews.
In addition to an acoustic duo CD with Australian guitarist,Tommy Emmanuel and a duo CD with fingerstyle guitarist, Richard Smith, Jim and Morning, have 5 CDs to their credit. Jim's solo CD, Jazz and Country was chosen by Guitar Player as a "pick of the year" for '96 and in 2001, he was featured in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine . His most recent project is called Lodges, for Menus and Music and a new CD of solo acoustic lullabies is in the works for the same company.
Visit Jim and Morning's web site at www.jimandmorningnichols.com