Nick Rous

San Francisco native Nick Rous has constantly been exposed to many diverse forms of music and artistic expression. This is reflected in his composition and playing. He studied saxophone under Benny Miller (former lead tenor for The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Jay Mc Shan) from age 14 to age 19, then moved on to study at Sonoma State University. There he studied saxophone with local legend Harvey Weinaple, chamber music and piano with Marilyn Thompson and improvisation, composition and arranging with Jazz great Mel Graves. After graduating with distinction, he went on to immerse himself in the San Francisco music scene, playing Jazz, Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Salsa, Funk, Hip-Hop, Rock and Blues. He has performed with the internationally known


Orquesta Kalichin, Manicato, Kapakahi, Loco Bloco, Rumba Cafe, Orquesta Kache, Chuck McKinnon, The Acme Swing Co., T. Carson (former pianist for the Count Basie ghost band), Benny Miller, Doug Beavers Jr. (trombonist and arranger for Eddie Palmieri), Steve Lucky and many other notable bands. Nick Rous has performed in a variety of venues, including Yoshi's SF, Candlestick Park (pregame show), Bimbo's 365, The Fillmore Auditorium, The Great American Music Hall, The Audubon (New Orleans), The Bamboo Hut (two year engagement as the house band), The Boom Boom Room, Cafe Claude, Cafe Du Nord, Club Deluxe (L.A.), The Elbo Room, The Hi-Ball Lounge, Le Colonial (one year engagement), Les Bon Temps Rouler (New Orleans), The Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts and the Reno Hilton. Email Nick for bookings, lessons or composition and arranging services.