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David Allen Nichols

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Organist and Pianist

Phone: (206) ***-****  HQ Phone
University Congregational United Church of Christ
4515 16Th Ave. N.E.
Seattle , Washington 98105
United States

Company Description: University Congregational United Church of Christ is a progressive liberal Protestant church. We see ourselves as an inclusive church, open to diverse people and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Jazz Liberation Quartet
  • Member
    American Guild of Organists and Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity
  • Board Member
    Jazz St. Louis
19 Total References
Web References
Administrative & Program Staff, 3 Sept 2015 [cached]
David Nichols Organist/Pianist
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.
Rev. Hector Solis, minister, Primera Iglesia Cristiana (Discipulos de Cristo), 25 Oct 2007 [cached]
David Nichols, organist/pianist
David Nichols has been our organist and pianist since 2003.Before that, he served Los Altos Christian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.He has studied hymn accompaniment with Michael Burkhardt, David Cherwien, and Dorothy Papadakos in a quest to "let the people sing."He plays in many styles, from baroque and modern European traditions to gospel, praise, and jazz.He is a member of the American Guild of Organists and Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity.
First Christian Church - Falls Church, Virginia - Ministry Staff, 26 Sept 2009 [cached]
Top Row: Phil Gilliland, Stephen Minister, David Nichols, organist
David Nichols
Board of Directors | Jazz St. Louis, 13 June 2010 [cached]
David Nichols
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