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This profile was last updated on 3/18/05  and contains information from public web pages.

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The Daily Beacon, 18 Mar 2005 [cached]
It has been a long road for David Nichols, the guitarist and composer for the Jazz Liberation Quartet.The group is playing a show tonight at the 4620 Jazz Club, but the band's history goes way back.
"It started in about 1990 after I did my senior jazz recital at UT," Nichols said.The remnants of his recital group got together and formed the Jazz Liberation Quartet.
While the lineup constantly changed over the next few years, the band did well with regular gigs around town and even recorded a CD in 1993.Then in 1995, Nichols left the band to be the guitarist for Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Nichols said that at the time the JLQ was pretty successful, having been voted best local jazz band by Metropulse readers three years in a row, so the JLQ found a replacement guitarist and continued to play.
In 2003 Nichols left the circus and returned to Knoxville.It was then that Nichols said he spoke to Jimmy Mann and Dave Slack about getting the band back together.Everything was ready to go when Nichols broke his hand in early 2004, delaying the return of the Jazz Liberation Quartet until now.
Along with Nichols, the current lineup consists of David Slack on bass, newcomer Alonzo Lewis on drums and Jimmy Mann on saxophones and flute.
Asked to describe the band's music, Nichols said the JLQ falls "somewhere between Henry Mancini and Metallica. ...We like turning funk tunes of the 70's from people like the Parliaments into jazz pieces," Nichols said.
But the JLQ isn't limited to jazz interpretations of other people's songs."What is kind of unique about us is that we write our own music, about 50 percent of the songs we play," Nichols said."Our sound ranges from smooth jazz, to soulful jazz, to hard funk."
According to Nichols, the JLQ now has a good deal of new material and is currently looking to get another CD recorded.Nichols said they are looking forward to their show at 4620.
"We're trying to offer a unique listening experience for fans of both jazz music, funk music, and jam music," Nichols said.
Zupe | Official Website | Photos, 17 July 2014 [cached]
From left to right, Wauter Kellerman, guitarist Luke, percussionist David, Zupe, bassist Phresh, and keyboardist Johann.
Guitarist and composer Dave Nichols has worked with Zupe since 1988. Dave's an extraordinary musician with a keen ear for production. His guitar talents are well known and respected wherever he performs. Photo by George Elder Photography.
Dave Nichols Co-writer Chuck Knepper and Zupe have written several Latin-flavored numbers on Zupe's "Dance" album.
Dave Nichols staged this shot and the editors at the Tribune-Democrat ran it with a story.
Metro Pulse/Music/Eye on the Scene, 12 Mar 2003 [cached]
Dave Nichols, bass player of the legendary Knoxville band, Smokin' Dave and the Premo Dopes, will be moving home at the end of May.Nichols has spent the last eight years touring as a guitar player with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, keeping a relentless road schedule."Mainly I'm just coming back because I love Knoxville.I want to live there," Nichols says from New York City, where the circus is doing a month of shows."We travel almost 50 weeks out of the year.I feel like I've done it, if not too long, long enough.... I'm really excited about moving back, getting off the road, getting into a house."
Nichols plays guitar for the whole 2-1/2-hour circus show, sometimes two or three times a day."By the end of a two-year run, we've played the same show 900 or 1,000 times.And it doesn't change much," he says.
Those who missed the appearance of performance artist Sideshow Bennie juxtaposed with a Ringling Bros. train (which was not the same crew that Nichols is with) and out-of-control fireworks, well, you may have missed your chance for it, at least in this lifetime.Some circus people apparently had that impression, too, and ventured out of their train to join in the rare fun.
Thursday: Jodie Manross Band keeps getting better and better.Check her out at Barley's.
Board of Directors | Jazz St. Louis, 13 June 2010 [cached]
David Nichols
Zupe | Official Website | Vocal, 29 June 2013 [cached]
(Zupe & Dave Nichols)
(Zupe & Dave Nichols)
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