Steve Nichols has been playing for over 45 years, drawing from musical sources as diverse as rock, classical, jazz, Latin-jazz, blues, and country. Steve has performed professionally on stage and worked as a studio musician in the recording industry in Los Angeles, and throughout the western states. Currently Steve plays, records, and teaches private guitar lessons in San Diego. Influenced by an array of famous guitarists including Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John McLaughlin, BB King, Albert Lee, John Williams, and the one and only “Django Reinhardt,” Steve now has a diverse and colorful Jazz Solo Style of playing.
Steve’s sound can be Chord-melody-bass only and/or, utilizing backing track accompaniment in a mix of genre styles, Pop Jazz, traditional Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Swing, BosaNova, Cuban Son Montuno, Reggae, Samba, Jazz Ballads, Funky, Bolero, and Jazz Rock. World acclaimed artists and bands Steve has shared the stage with include: Billy Cobham, Barney Kessel, B.B. King, Lou Rawls, Frankie Lane, The Bill Green Orchestra, Henry Cuesta, Carl Fontana, Palomar Jazz Ensemble, Grossmont College Jazz Ensemble, O.J. Ekemode and the Nigerian All-Stars, Ron Ellington Shy, Charlie Daniels, Eddie Raven, John Anderson, Keith Whitley, Patty Lovelace, The Bellamy Brothers, and John Conlee.