(14:00, Wednesday 11 July, St Salvator’s Chapel)
John Nichol — Alto Saxophone; Jason Nichol — Double Bass
John Nichol, Professor of Saxophone, has taught at Central Michigan University since 1980. Professor Nichol has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland (1997), the North Sea Jazz Festival at The Hague, Netherlands (1997) and the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival (2000, 2001, 2002). Professor Nichol has also performed by invitation at six World Saxophone Congresses: Chicago, Illinois (1979), Nuremberg, Germany (1982), Kawasaki, Japan (1988), Valencia, Spain (1997) and Montreal, Canada (2000), Minneapolis, Minnesota (2003). Professor Nichol has performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. Professor Nichol can be heard on Flights of Fancy (Centaur Recording, 2003), Caught in the Act (White Pine Recording, 2007) and Woodwind Echoes (White Pine Recording, 2008). John Nichol is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is the President of the North American Saxophone Alliance.
Jason Nichol is a student at Central Michigan University where he is a Midland Symphony Orchestra Fellow, Jerry and Felicia Campbell Scholar, Leadership Advancement Scholar, and Presser Scholar. Jason is also the recipient of the Jack Saunders Jazz Award and received two distinguished performance awards at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival (2009). Jason performs with the Midland Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Big Band, Bay Area Big Band, and was a featured guest soloist with the Central Michigan University Orchestra (2011). Jason was a bandleader and bassist on the Holland America ms Volendam (Alaskan Cruise, 2010).