After conducting a successful crowdfunding campaign, Nickel and Dime Ops was able to go back into the studio on 6/19 to record their new album. The result was 13 brand new never recorded tunes completed in one day. Big Orange Sheep’s layout of multiple isolation chambers allowed the entire band to record at once in a live simulation. The music has a very live energy due to this ideal set up. The album will feature many special guest vocalists including the great Jean Baylor. Nickel and the various vocalists are preparing to go back to the studio to clean up their parts and add overdubs, then send the tracks to mix down with engineer, Saga. This very special album is still untitled but is expected to be released this November.
On June 25th 2017, Nickel and Dime Ops premiered their version of jazz fused hip hop in Europe at the “Summer Nostos Festival” in Athens, Greece. The festival spanned several days with multiple stages with Dime Ops featured as the final US artist to perform on a beautiful stage outside of their newly built opera house. The band would like to thank Mily and the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center for bringing them out there. There will be video footage of the performance available soon, of what will be remembered as the first of many Dime Ops shows in Europe.
Nickel and Dime Ops is excited to announce that they will be making their Philadelphia debut on Wednesday, July 12th,at South Jazz Parlor, for their “Evolution of Jazz:Reimagined,” series. Interesting story, you never know who is in the crowd. One evening in April, the band was performing at their SMOKE residency, and in the audience was former Philly Mayor, Michael Nutter. He promised he would get Dime Ops to his city, 3 days later we received a call. We are looking forward to bringing our sound to the amazingly musical city. Dime Ops will do 2 sets that evening. 7pm & 9pm. South is know for great food and great music, so come hungry, and ready to move.
After making a special appearance at Gin Fizz in Harlem, this past February, the band has solidified a spot on the club’s monthly rotation. April 14th, they will be doing sets starting at 9:00pm and 11pm one Friday per month. Special guest, Madame Secretary, Victoria Cave will be with Dime Ops. Gin Fizz is located in Harlem on 308 Malcom X Blvd, near 125th st. No cover!
In 2013 Nickel and Dime Ops was steam rolling their way through the NYC scene, playing many of the city’s legendary venues. This was culminated by the release of their sophomore album “The Soulygamist,”produced by The Roots’ saxophonist, Ian Hendrickson-Smith. The party to celebrate the occasion was held at The Cutting Room, in epic fashion.
In 2014, the unexpected happened. Several of the Dime Ops’major players had to step back from the band, citing various personal issues, including musical director David Gibson. Undaunted, Nickel pushed forward and regrouped around a new core of musicians, lead by saxophonist, Jason Marshall and pianist Willerm Delisfort. The result was a new synergy amongst the younger cast of players. This has resulted in a more free sound, that can be described as playful, soulful, with more of a hip hop edge.
2017 marks a new age for the jazz/hip hop fusion band. The Dime Ops crew has been rehearsing, preparing to record an album of entirely new music. The still untitled full length is slated to be released just before Summer. To promote the new music, the band is currently working to put together tours on the East and West Coast, as well as Europe. “We’ve really cooked up something amazing for our fans, and are excited release this project.” says band leader, Nickel. One thing is certain, a fresh new sound is brewing within the Dime Ops camp. Stay tuned.
Out of towers? 9-5ers? But still Nickel and Dimers? Now you can check out the band every week on SoundCloud! Every Friday we will be posting a recording of the entire show from the night before. It’s easy and free to stay in tune with us. Put on some headphones and listen to NDO at the gym, during your morning commute, cleaning the house, throw us on at the party. What ever you are into, we support it!
Jazz/hip hop fusion band Nickel and Dime Ops has proven themselves to be a staple in the New York City scene. They have now held down a weekly residency at the world renown jazz club, SMOKE, for 6 years and running as of September 1st this year. The 9 piece super group has also put on some monumental performances at many of the great venues in the city as well. Blue Note, Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, Gin Fizz, to name a few. Over 300 shows and counting the band shows no signs slowing down, preparing to record their 3rd record this Fall.
Ever pushing the creative envelope, Nickel, along with Dime Ops All Stars Dezron Douglas and Chris Beck are preparing to put on a special event at the West Village fabled venue The Bitter End. They are calling this one time show The Art of Rhythm. All 3 will exemplify their prolific talents as they explore rhythmic boundaries in one nonstop set featuring only drums, bass, and one MC. They will go on at 11pm as headliners on Wednesday 9/7. The night will also feature Dime Ops fan favorite Darius Christian with his band at 9pm and Nashville reggae/funk band Charge the Atlantic.
Nickel and Dime OPS has a new music video for their album “The Soulygamist.” The frontman of the group, Nickel, filmed the entire video selfie style on a one day trip from NYC to California and edited it with his iPhone 6. The song “Wheels Keep Spinning has been a fan favorite of Dime Ops fans. The lyrics and production are also by Nickel. Enjoy!