Nigel Clark - guitar
Nigel began his professional career as a musician at the age of eighteen. In the late eighties he joined the band Hue & Cry as lead guitarist and he contributed arrangements to the band's several UK top ten singles and two top ten albums.
High profile collaborations followed with Moya Brennan (the singer with Clannad) and with jazz singer Carol Kidd. He also worked on BBC TV as musical director and lead guitarist for 'disco diva' Gloria Gaynor.
Nigel's first jazz album as a leader, Worldwide Sound for Wet Wet Wet guitarist Graeme Duffin's Sienna Records featured pianist Brian Kellock, saxophonist Tim Garland, Ewen Vernal on bass and Mike Bradley on drums. The album wowed the critics, showcasing Nigel's highly eclectic compositional style, and it reached the top ten in the UK jazz charts.
In 1997 Nigel appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival as special guest of his boyhood hero; guitarist Jan Akkerman. In Cannes the same year, by special invitation, he performed with Akkerman, Terje Rypdal and Wolfgang Muthspiel in a band featuring eleven of Europe's elite guitarists. The performance was witnessed by Bob Karcy, CEO of New York label Arkadia Records and led to Nigel signing an exclusive five album recording deal with Arkadia Jazz; Karcy's Grammy-winning label whose roster also included such stellar names as Dave Liebman, Joanne Brackeen, Benny Golson and Dr. Billy Taylor. Grand Hotel Europa Nigel's first album release in the U.S. featured five original compositions and marked a permanent switch to nylon strung acoustic guitar.
Nigel's most recent projects have included a duo concert with another of his boyhood heroes; the legendary Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine. He has toured extensively and recorded four albums with the Scottish Guitar Quartet and has also toured with Australian vocalist Anita Wardell, and with pianist Dave Newton and bassist Paul Morgan in a tribute to the Oscar Peterson Trio. Nigel is a permanent member of Russian Gypsy violinist Oleg Ponomarev's trio, Koshka with whom he continues to tour and with whom he has recorded two albums. With Dutch jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis Nigel has recorded three albums to date and he has been invited to perform with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam.
Nigel also continues his long time association with "the world's greatest living female jazz singer" Carol Kidd with whom he frequently tours.
For further information -
The Scotsman Interview With Carol Kidd & Nigel Clark
08 April 2011
The best kept secret in British jazzmore >>Nigel Clark discusses his new album with Carol Kidd
04 April 2011
Tune in hear tracks from 'Tell Me Once Again'more >>
'...when it's Carol Kidd's voice and Nigel Clark's guitar, the effect can be magical.'more >>Edinburgh Evening News
'Kidd's boldest departures, though, involved imaginative interpretations of the standards. Sweeping from a towering falsetto to hushed tones, Kidd delivered her evocative slow account of the Arlen and Koehler classic Stormy Weather over Clark's impromptu playing.'more >>Bebop Spoken Here
'...expressed with fresh spin from Carol's unique style.'more >>Northern Sky
'...many-shaded vocals and seemingly innate sense of improvisation...'more >>Jazz Matters
'musical storytelling at its best'more >>In Tune International
"[The album] joyfully reflects the best of both artistes."more >>Jazzwise
'...the duo finds the emotional heart of each song with unerring accuracy...'more >>MusicWeb International
"The plethora of young hopefuls trying to be jazz singers could learn a thing or two from Carol Kidd."more >>LondonJazz
"...an affecting programme of intelligently selected songs, flawlessly presented."more >>The Observer
"...harmonically subtle, rhythmically firm, endlessly resourceful..."more >>The Scotsman
"...impeccably played and beautifully judged..."more >>Scotland on Sunday
"This is musical storytelling at its best..."more >>The Herald
'...delightful...'more >>Jazz Rag
'...knowledgeable jazz phrasing that validates everything this lady performs.'more >>