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Jim Nichols and Verlene Schermer Duo

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Jim Nichols, guitar

Verlene Schermer, harp, fiddle, vocals

Jim’s impressive credentials include appearances on television, radio, concert halls, and clubs including Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show. He has played and/or recorded with Kenny Rankin, Chet Atkins, Hubert Laws, Buddy Montgomery, Van Morrison, Toots Thielemans, Tom Waits, and others. Jim has taught clinics in the U.S. and in Europe including Stanford and Jamie Aebersold Jazz Workshops. He was featured at the ’97 Django Reinhardt Festival in France with the great European guitarists, Romane and Martin Taylor. Jim is featured on "World of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar" for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop and has a Jazz Guitar instruction video on Mel Bay. His solo CD was chosen by Guitar Player Magazine as a "Pick of the Year" for ’96 and in January of 2001, Jim was interviewed in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. Chet Atkins said in his autobiography Me and My Guitars: "And I know, as the torch is passed, our beloved instrument is in good hands with players like Jerry Reed, Tommy Emmanuel, Richard Smith, Jim Nichols, and Doyle Dykes".

Jim also performs in a duo with his wife, jazz vocalist, Morning Nichols. Check out their website.

Verlene met Jim at Stanford Hospital where both are hospital musicians. The two would play a few duets between shifts in the Cancer Center, and people would stop by to say how much they liked the sound of the harp and guitar. When they were asked to play for an event, they worked up a set of diverse tunes for guitar plus harp, fiddle and vocals, in styles from the folk music of bluegrass and old-timey, Celtic and other world music traditions, to jazz, blues and popular tunes of the last 50 years.

The duo is also available to perform with string bass or with bass and drums.

See our repertoire list (which is always growing!)

For booking info contact Verlene.


Check the calendar for info on Jim and Verlene's performances!

Here are photos (by Dave Lepori) from a recent event:

Jim and Verlene
Jim and Verlene on harp
Verlene playing fiddle