"Never Let Me Go" includes an exceptional lineup of musicians including but not limited to: bassist Scott Steed from Portland, Oregon, Sacramento guitarist Steve Homan, Pianist Al Plank from San Francico and Vermont's own Bruce Sklar. Live tunes and studio sessions. Improvisation at it's best.
Adele is brilliant...about as good as any living female jazz singer and better than most...an inspired singer with a seasoned style of her own.
Berklee College of Music
"Nicols is a mega talent with an outrageous sensitivity to sound. Her enormous musical aptitude allows her to hear even the subtlest of nuances."--Craig Najjar, Former Faculty
"Nicols' passionate and fresh style awakens the listener to emotions of astonishing range."
--Hudson Young, recording artist/producer
Discover Jazz Festival
Adele Nicols is quickly being recognized as a fresh and innovative voice on the jazz scene. The passion she reveals intense and very real. This is an artist you'll definitely be hearing more about.
--Jimmy Swift, Discover Jazz Festival
"Never Let Me Go" is nothing if not compelling, with some of the greatest composers in jazz, including Clifford Brown, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern.
Like the artist herself, this debut CD is full of sensuality and surprise. Nicols has produced a first class album for a brand new Vermont Label, Polkadot Records. Three classic tunes are recorded live with a sextet and the other seven standards convey the intimacy of a trio and duo. Although "Never Let Me Go" is a soothing remedy for what ails you, don't be fooled. It's not cocktail hour. This girl can truly swing.
Nicols began training as a classical pianist at the age of seven and continued for five years. Then she stopped studying until at nineteen, during her junior year of college in Florence, Italy, she was lucky enough to have been mentored by master pianist and teacher, Vanda Scaravelli.
Two years later she moved to Tokyo, immersing herself into the art, music and traditional culture of Japan's rich heritage. There she began sitting in with jazz musicians as a vocalist at the "Shinjiku-Inn" and the "Pitt Inn".
Inspired and ready to work, she returned to America and settled in New Orleans. Here, Adele began studying with then Columbia Recording Artist, Ellis Marsalis, and soon got her first regular piano gig at the French Quarter's famous Fairmont Hotel.
In New Orleans she married and gave birth to two children. Her passion as a mother fueled her passion for singing (gotta calm those babies somehow!) and Nicols shifted her focus from playing piano to singing jazz standards. Although she would later return to the piano, she was quite successful as a jazz vocalist and her fan base acquired a life of its own.
Nicols' travel bug took her on the road again, this time to northern California. There she received private coaching from legendary vocalist, Mark Murphy, traveling 3 hours each way to study in his San Francisco home.
Giving birth to two more children Adele remained devoted to both motherhood and music. Though her marriage ended suddenly, the silver lining was that she was able to provide for her four children by gigging at night, and be a stay at home mom during the day. It was then that she studied jazz piano with Craig Najjar, formerly of Berklee College of Music, in an intensive two week 60 hour program designed just for Adele.
Three years later, Nicols moved her family across country one more time and settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont. She has just released her debut album, "Never Let Me Go." In Vermont she performs in festivals as well as select venues throughout New England.
Adele Nicols is a juried artist endorsed by the Vermont Arts Council. Her album is currently available for online purchase, including AdeleNicols.com, CDBaby.com, Tower.com, Amazon.com and Borders.com.