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Todd Nicholson

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Bassist and composer Todd Nicholson is a mainstay of the downtown New York hardjazz scene. He has performed with Billy Bang, Roy Campbell, Eddie Gale, Frank Lowe, William Parker, James Spaulding, and Steve Swell, among others. His work with the legendary violinist, Mr. Bang, is especially notable for its longevity: Nicholson has been a core member of Bang's ensembles for the past six years. He has appeared in a variety of settings throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan, including the Vision Festival (NYC), the Rochester Jazz Festival, the Other Minds Festival (San Francisco), Tampere Jazz Happening (Tampere, Finland), Sons d'Hiver (Paris), the Ottawa Jazz Festival and the Full Moon Festival (Mangetsu sai) in Miyajima, Japan (the island off the coast of Hiroshima). He has collaborated with numerous dancers, most recently Carmen deLavallade and Gus Solomons jr. at Symphony Space. He also leads his own group, the Otic Band/Ensemble. The Otic Ensemble recently premiered a new work by Nicholson, an extended piece for jazz quintet entitled AuAngel IslandAu (commissioned by the Jerome Foundation). Angel Island was performed at Location One as part of Roulette's Spring 2006 season. Recent recorded appearances include AuLong Hidden: The Olmec SeriesAu by William Parker (AUM Fidelity), AuFirst, Keep QuietAu by the Gauci Trio (CIMP Records), AuA Prayer For PeaceAu by the Billy Bang Quintet (TUM Records, to be released this fall), a live recording by the Billy Bang Quintet (Justin Time), and the upcoming release by Yukijurushi, slated for release in fall of 2006. He is also Associate Director of Arts for Art, the non-profit arts presenter which organizes the Vision Festival and all other Vision-related activities.