THE NORMAN BEAKER BAND
The band consists of 4 of the most sought after blues musicians in the UK, as in the biography
Norman has played and recorded with US and UK greats such as BB King, Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce,
Alexis Korner Graham Bond, Chuck Berry, Robert Plant, Lowell Fulson and too many more to mention.
Here’s the info on each member of the band…
John Price: Bass Guitar
One of the busiest bass players around, John feels privileged to have worked with a host of great artists including : Mick Abrahams, Miller Anderson, PP Arnold, Tony Ashton, Madeline Bell, Maggie Bell, Cliff Bennett, Dave Berry, Colin Blunstone, Eric Burdon, Aynsley Dunbar, “Champion Jack” Dupree, “Honeyboy” Edwards, Chris Farlowe, Lowell Fulson, Larry Garner, Paul Jones, Jon Lord, Tony McPhee and Van Morrison.
John has been in the Beaker Band for nearly 30 years, now that’s dedication !
Steve Gibson: Drums
Having been signed to both Polydor and A&M Records, Steve is a fantastic musician who has worked with many great artists and has literally toured the world with the likes of Ian McNabb (Icicle Works), The Buzzcocks (Singapore, New Zealand and Australia) as well as performing with Jack Bruce, Chris Farlowe, Van Morrison, Maggie Bell (Stone the Crows), Larry Garner (US blues guitarist).
Nick Steed: Piano/Organ
He is a highly regarded musician who has been recognised for his songwriting by international artistes from Lil John Roberts(Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Snarky Puppy), Francis Dunnery(It Bites, David Sancious), Mike Lindup(Level 42).
Nick has also appeared & worked with following artists: Sonja Kristina(Curved Air), Pete Brown(Cream Lyracist), Chris Farlowe, Larry Garner, PP Arnold, Mollie Marriot, Corky Laing, Steve Ellis, Van Morrison, Gary Husband, Dennis Chambers, Steve Hackett, David Sancious, Ginger Baker, Lulu, Malcolm Bruce, Cliff Bennett, Shakatak, George Melly Quartet.
Kim Nishikawara: Saxophone
Kim Nishikawara is originally from Vancouver, Canada and now lives in Manchester, England. A professional multi-reeds player for over 30 years, ‘formal’ training was at Berklee College of Music studying arranging and composition.
He joined the Norman Beaker Band in 2009 and has toured the UK, Europe and the Balkans with Norman.
Other notable tours include “Souled on Blues” with Norman, Chris Farlowe, Cliff Bennett and Herbie Goins, Alan Price, “A Night at the Flamingo” as well as the UK and Europe with Chris Farlowe.
He has featured on many gigs with renowned artists Jack Bruce, Larry Garner, PP Arnold, Mollie Marriot, Long John Baldry, The Powder Blues Band, Downchild Blues Band, Doc Fingers Real Gone Rhythm, Dominic Halpin and Michael Bublé having arranged Michael’s debut album Babalu.
Kim endorses and plays Hanson saxophones. Hanson UK