When a conscious rapper and some of New York City’s most exciting young jazz musicians decided to unite their talents in 2010, the goal was to push the boundaries of creativity, both musically and lyrically. After eight years of weekly residency at SMOKE Jazz Club, and more than 400 performances, Nickel and Dime OPS continues to inspire spectators with their unique musical fusion and incomparable energy. Music lovers and hip hop purists have enjoyed watching the band bring down the house at such fabled venues such as Blue Note NYC, SOBs, The Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, and cities throughout the U.S. and Europe.
The starting cast of Nickel and Dime Ops features Mic Nickels (MC), Wayne Tucker (trumpet), Willerm Delisfort (piano/keys), , Dezron Douglas (bass), Norman Edwards Jr. (drums).
Interesting Dime Ops Facts
- In 8 years Nickel and Dime Ops has performed around 500 shows at SMOKE Jazz Club, Blue Note NYC, SOBs, The Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, The Bitter End, Ginny’s, Zinc, Bowery Electric, Sullivan Hall, Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar, Gin Fizz, Rockwood Music Hall, Rutgers University, Guttman College, South in Philadelphia, The Summer Nostos Festival in Athens, Greece, and more.
- The resumès of the 150+ musicians that have played with Nickel and Dime Ops feature names such as Alicia Keys, The Roots, D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse, Sting, Al Green, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Pharaohe Monch, Erykah Badu, Aretha Franklin, President Obama, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Wu Tang Clan, Bobby McFerrin, and many more.
- Special guests sitting in include Dr. Eddie Henderson (trumpet disciple of Miles Davis), Gregory Porter (Grammy Award winning vocalist), Jean Baylor (from Zhanè), Jacky Terrason (world renown piano player), Dennis Davis (Long time drummer for Stevie Wonder and David Bowie), T-Bone Davis (Drummer for Public Enemy), Brandon Bizzy Hollemon (Grammy award winning guitar player and producer for The Weeknd, Mims, and more)