- Nickel and Dime OPS has had somewhere around 300 shows. Somewhere around 250 at SMOKE, as well as Blue Note NYC, The Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, The Bitter End, Ginny’s, Zinc, Bowery Electric, Sullivan Hall, Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar, to name some most notable.
– In 5 years of performing we have featured many combinations of some the greatest jazz musicians on the NYC scene totaling in the area of somewhere around 130 different musicians, and over 200 if including those who sat in with us on the gig.
– The resume’s of these musicians feature names such as Alicia Keys, The Roots, D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse, Sting, Al Green, Mos Def, Common, Erykah Badu, Aretha Franklin, President Obama, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Wu Tang, Bobby McFerrin, and many more.
– Special guests sitting in with us include Dr. Eddie Henderson (trumpet disciple of Miles Davis), Gregory Porter (Grammy Award winning vocalist), Jean Baylor (from Zhane), Jacky Terrason (world renown piano player), Dennis Davis (Stevie Wonder’s drummer), T-Bone Davis (Public Enemy’s drummer), Brandon Bizzy Hollemon (guitar player and producer for The Weekend, Mims, and more)
– Some notable audience members and supporters include George Clinton, Governor David Patterson, Michael Strahan, Tamara Tunie, Kwame, Franc D ‘Ambrosio aka The Phantom of the Opera, Devin Ratray aka Buzz from Home Alone.
– Nickel and Dime OPS has released 2 albums. Most recently, “The Soulygamist,” was produced and mixed by Ian Hendrickson-Smith who currently plays with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon, and has played with The Dap Kings, Al Green, Sharon Jones, and holds Grammys for his work with Amy Winehouse.
– Although the band is usually 9 pieces in total, Nickel and Dime OPS has had up to 17 players on stage at one time.
– Nickel and Dime OPS is the longest lasting weekly residency in NYC that features a hip hop band performing their own material and not open mic.
– Nickel and Dime is the second longest active residency at SMOKE following only Mike LeDonne who has held the position since 1999.
– Nickel and Dime has an international following with fans on every continent minus Antarctica. There might be some penguins out there bumping us too.
– The OPS stands for Operation.