Nickel and the band are very excited to release their latest album, The Soulygamist this November, and for good reason. The album features some of Nickel and Dime OPS’ best songs that they perform live as well as some brand new music never before heard. Earlier this year Nickel teamed up with Ian Hendrickson-Smith at Forrest Sound Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to co-produce the project. Ian has worked with many great musicians, most notably, Amy Winehouse, The Dap Kings, and The Roots. All the lyrics for The Soulygamist were written by Nickel. The band’s trombonist and MD, David Gibson, was responsible for much of the writing and arranging of the music. Nickel was the only rapper featured on the album, but all 3 of the band’s vocalists, Victoria Cave, Alej Sierra, and Eliki all have feature spots as well as making vocal appearances together for the first time on wax. The album can sit very much in the Hip Hop pocket at times, and at times can get very eclectic, featuring many great solos from all of the Dime OPS great musicians including trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and saxophonist Jason Marshall. “The album is a soulful, hip hop carnival,” says Nickel. The Soulygamist will be available for purchase 11/19 followed by an album release party at The Cutting Room in Manhattan on 11/22. The party will start at 10:30pm in the bar. Nickel and Dime OPS will perform at midnight. Tickets are $15 in advance online and $20 at the door.
This passed April, Nickel and Dime OPS made their debut at The Bitter End and brought the house down in front of a full capacity audience. They have been asked to come back one more time this year to bring their brand of jazz fused hip hop to one of the most fabled music venues in New York City history. The band will retake the stage Saturday, October 12th at 11pm. Tickets are $12.
Check out some live footage from Nickel and Dime OPS’ Blue Note debut. The jazz/hip hop fusion band appeared at the clubs late night Saturday session on July 6th 2013. These particular clips are the band performing “You Were Always There,” and “What You See.” Nickel rockin the mic, featuring Victoria Cave on vocals, Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, Jason Marshall on tenor sax, and Rashaan Carter on the bass.
The band that has made New York City it’s stomping grounds, presenting their own style of hip hop fused with jazz and funk is closing in on 3 years of residency at the club where it all started. Nickel and Dime OPS will be having their 3 year anniversary party on Thursday, September 5th at SMOKE Jazz Club, where they have been holding down their weekly gig around midnight each and every week. The performance will feature all the starting members of the band plus many special guest musicians and vocalists. They will be also performing new music from their upcoming LP release, The Soulygamist due to come out this November.
Nickel and Dime OPS continues getting their brand of jazz/hip hop fusion around New York City, making appearances at all different types of venues. This week you can check them out on 7/18 at their usual Thursday night home base residency at SMOKE around midnight. Then on Friday, 7/19, they will be making a 9pm appearance at Fontana’s on 105 Eldridge St Manhattan, NY 10002. To close out the weekend you can also catch the cats and kitty on Sunday, 7/21, at the “Music Frees All Festival,” an outdoor festival taking place on 103rd and Amsterdam behind the American Youth Hostel. There will be a whole slew of bands performing at the Brooklyn Brewery sponsored event, Nickel and Dime OPS is slated to go on at 1pm.
NYC’s authority in jazz/hip hop fusion, Nickel and Dime OPS, will be making their debut appearance at the world famous Blue Note, Saturday, July 6th, for the club’s late night series. They will be doing one 90 minute set starting at 12:30am. (Technically Sunday morning) Cover is only $10. Make reservations now!
Also stay tuned for more Nickel and Dime OPS gigs in July. They will be at Fontana’s July 19th at 9pm and at the Music Frees All Festival on July 21st. As always, they will also be at their SMOKE residency each and every Thursday around midnight. Sign up for the mailing list to keep post for more details.
Not only is Nickel and Dime OPS closing in on their third year of residency at SMOKE Jazz Club they are also being featured for second year in a row at the club’s Miles Davis Festival. This means for the entire month of June, Nickel and the band will be retiring the normal playbook at SMOKE and flipping Miles Davis tunes into their version of fusion hip hop. The good news is for those of you that still want to hear the originals is, you can still catch us around town this month at some other great venues. The first of which events will take place this Saturday at 9pm at Fat Baby! (Located on 112 Rivington in Manhattan) This is a 3 floor venue, you will find us rocking out in the basement for just one set. The cover is $7. We will also be at Bowery Electric on Monday June 17th at 9pm along with more announcements to be made for July.
Stay tuned for the new Nickel and Dime OPS album coming to you soon.
Although Nickel himself has 5 solo releases under his belt, including the foundation of Nickel and Dime OPS, Tragedy & Comedy, the band is currently preparing to release their first official album as a group. Teaming up with producer/engineer, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Nickel and the Dime OPS A-Team spent 2 days in a studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn this past February, recording their best performance tunes, plus several brand new ones. The 13 track LP is set to be released summer of 2013.
NYC’s experts in hip hop/jazz/funk fusion, Nickel and Dime OPS will be taking the party downtown to The Village Saturday, April 6th. Once again, the band is giving all you 9-5ers and downtown heads what you have been asking for, a show on a night that most don’t have to wake up for work! Sullivan Hall is a great venue, with a nice stage with no seating, so the band is looking forward to rocking a show where heads came to get down. The band is slated to go on around midnight after a few others. Tickets are $10, you can purchase tickets now! or RSVP at the Facebook event page.
Hope to see you all out there!
Nickel’s latest music from The Disease, The Cure, and The Promise stars the MC as his action hero alias, Bruce Illest. The video is a Die Hard parody directed by Gary “G Hess” Hester featuring fight choreography from Orestes Sampson. The beat was produced by Rude of the Rukus.