The instantly recognizable style and sound of Reggie Nicholson has elevated him to
one of the most distinctive, inventive and inspirational drummer/percussionist of his generation; a formidable technician, but one who uses his considerable skills constructively and with infinite taste.
Born in Chicago, his drum concept fitted perfectly the needs of many extraordinary Chicago musicians. An active member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1979, Nicholson has absorbed the organization's musical influences to compose and improvise original music.
Nicholson has performed and recorded with a wide variety of jazz and new music luminaries such as Henry Threadgill, Amina Claudine Myers, Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Anthony Braxton, Sam Newsome, Myra Melford, Wilber Morris, Elektra Kurtis, Billy Bang, Butch Morris, James Spaulding, Yuko Fujiyama, Oliver Lake, Fay Victor, Roy Campbell, just to name a few. In addition, Reggie has toured throughout Europe and Japan.
As a composer, he was nominated twice for the Cal Arts Composition Award in 1993/1994, and his compositions were performed throughout NYC including concerts for Roulette, Interpretations, Vision Festival, and the AACM.
Nicholson’s recordings, which have highlighted his compositions, are “Unnecessary Noise Allowed (1997)” features his quintet, The Reggie Nicholson Concept. “Percussion Peace”(2005) is a solo recording experimenting with electronics and percussion instruments. In 2007, the premier of “Timbre Suite” (Tone Colors) was recorded for percussion ensemble. ”Surreal Feel”(2008) shows the maturity and growth of his composing skills with music for brass instruments and percussion.
“Mettle” (2018) features his second solo recording for percussion. His latest recording, “No Preservatives Added” (2020), features new compositions for percussion ensemble.
Currently, Nicholson is continuing to explore the aesthetics of his musical ideas.