Mboya Nicholson

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Pianist Mboya Nicholson has performed the four corners of the globe, from Brazil to Japan; from Austria to the Caribbean. His audiences have included an Ambassador to the Vatican and the Consul General of Holland. Born in Edmonton Canada in 1973, Nicholson studied classical piano and had been listening to jazz since childhood. As a young child he tried to teach himself jazz piano, encountering the frustration expected, considering his young age and inexperience.

After high school, Nicholson entered Grant MacEwan College and studied jazz piano with Charles Austin, a well known figure in jazz in Edmonton. During the 1990's Nicholson performed at the city's jazz festival, organized and played concerts in tribute to jazz giants, and performed for the grand opening of the Winspear Centre for Music, where he was asked by the Edmonton Jazz Society to perform at a reception honoring trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. In 2000, Mboya Nicholson traveled to New Orleans to study with celebrated jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans. During his time in New Orleans, Nicholson shared the stage with jazz lumiaries including saxophonists Sonny Fortune and Wes Anderson, and drummers Herlin Riley and Jason Marsalis. Currently Nicholson resides in Canada where he is compiling an anthology of compositions and working on a second CD.

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