Wilson-Thomas: the music of Nance and Sid

Nance Wilson and Sid Thomas met at Nick Weldon’s Jazz School UK and have been making noises together off and on ever since. Other musicians we’ve worked with include David Ward (guitar), Tony Bevan (drums, percussion), Michael Coughlin and Andy Faulkner (bass).

After a hiatus while Nance moved to Melbourne and thence to Queenstown NZ, we’ve resumed our collaboration as an inter-hemisphere project. Here are our latest tracks.

Innocenti – words set to a theme based on a composition by Ralph Towner.

Double rainbow – a beautiful Jobim number, giving Nance the opportunity to wrap her tonsils around the Portuguese lyrics.wilsonthomas1

We made two albums in 2018. Nance has posted several tracks on Soundcloud.

On a recent flying visit from NZ to the Cwtch, Nance sang John Ireland’s setting of the famous John Masefield poem Sea Fever. I’ve reharmonized it for the piano accompaniment.

Loss Aversion is our most recent collection:

Here’s a sample track – If we did.

Our other album is The Country Side of Jazz:


Here’s a sample track – Double rainbow


There follow examples of early and recent stuff. There’s more Nance on her Soundcloud page. See News for current projects, performances and downloads.

Autumn leaves [Kosma/Mercer]
Sea fever [Ireland/Masefield arr. Thomas]
A Nightingale sang in Berkley Square [Sherwin/Maschwitz]
Corcovado [Jobim/Lees]
Bad news [Gardot]

Here’s a video from Nance’s Popup Jazz Club, November 2016