Dan Nicholas Band
Guitarist, composer, arranger and lyricist Dan Nicholas is the musical director of Equinox. He grew up in New York City and New Jersey, and at the age of 18 he began to study with the world renowned jazz pianist and educator, Dr. Barry Harris. Nicholas was inspired to move to The Netherlands in 2001 after meeting master pianist Frans Elsen, with whom he worked from 2008 – 2011.
Dan Nicholas has performed with such jazz luminaries as Barry Harris, Grant Stewart, Gary Smulyan, Benjamin Herman, Dado Moroni, Peter Beets, Greg Hutchinson and Gene Jackson. He is also the leader of Equinox Jazz Promotions (EJP), an organization dedicated to programming and promoting an extremely high level of jazz events in the Netherlands.
Sheryl Bailey & Kathy Dyson band
Sheryl Bailey is an American jazz guitarist and teaches guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Sheryl started playing guitar at 13. At first she was primarily interested in rock music, but she discovered jazz after hearing guitarist Wes Montgomery on the radio. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and after college she taught music at Towson State University in Baltimore. In 1998 she moved to New York City to pursue a career as a performer.
She released her first album, Little Misunderstood, in 1995 with George Colligan, Vince Loving, and Chris Battistone. In 2001, she released Reunion of Souls with guitarist Chris Bergson, Ashley Turner, and Sunny Jain. This was followed by The Power of 3 in 2002 which contained eight tracks all written by Bailey. Allmusic’s Rick Anderson said that each track was “a gem” and “more complex than you’d guess at first listen”. He said the album was “highly recommended”. Her next album was 2004’s Bull’s Eye!.
In 2006, Bailey released Live @ The Fat Cat and was a headline act at the Pittsburgh Jazz Festival. Her sixth album, A New Promise, was released by MCG Jazz on February 2, 2010 and was a tribute to jazz guitarist Emily Remler.
In the August 10 edition of Down Beat, reviewer Phillip Booth called Bailey “one of the new greats of her chosen instrument”. She has taught at Berklee, summer workshops at Stanford University, and the Collective School of Music in New York City.
Kathy Dyson is a jazz guitarist, composer, educator and researcher, living in Yorkshire. She performs with and writes for an octet, duo, trio and quartet playing original music and standards. She regularly plays with Deirdre Cartwright in the duo ‘Emily Remembered’ dedicated to the memory of Emily Remler, and also performs in the duo Inside Outside with husband John.
Saturday 29th June 2019
12.45pm – 1.30pm