Jost Nickel – Drummer, Composer & Educator
Jost Nickel belongs to the golden generation of drummers from Germany. A top session and tour player, like his friends Anika Nilles (one of Jost’s students), Marco Minnemann, and Benny Greb, Jost is taking contemporary drumming in new directions.
His name appears within the credits of many hit records at home, as well as abroad. He has played and recorded with Jazz Greats like Randy Brecker, Jeff Lorber, Bob Mintzer, Jimmy Haslip, Barry Finnerty, Mitch Forman, Brandon Fields, and many more.
Consequently, Jost invited Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, and Barry Finnerty to play on his solo album The Check In which was released in 2021.
As an educator and clinician, Jost has made international appearances at events such as the Montreal Drum Fest (2010), PASIC (USA) in 2012 & 2016, the Namm Show (USA) in 2015 & 2020, the Meinl Drum Festival (2008, 2012 & 2016), the London Drum Show (2016), the Tam Tam Festival in Spain (2016) and the UK Drum Show in 2017 & 2022. He has also been featured on Drumeo (Canada) twice in 2015 & 2018.
Jost’s talent as an educator has been recognized by the industry, having been nominated as “Best Clinician” by Modern Drummer Magazine in 2016 and being voted as one of “the 10 best drum clinicians in the world” by MusicRadar in 2016 & 2017. In 2022, he was nominated as “Best Funk Drummer” by Drumeo.
Jost has authored four highly successful books through Alfred Publishing: Jost Nickel’s GROOVE BOOK (2015), Jost Nickel’s FILL BOOK (2017), Jost Nickel’s SNARE BOOK (2019), and Jost Nickel’s BEGINNER BOOK (2023). Two of these titles were nominated for “Best Educational Product” by Modern Drummer Magazine (USA).
He has written feature articles and workshops in Modern Drummer Magazine, Drummer (UK), Rhythm & Drums (Japan), Batterie (France), Drums & Percussion (Germany), and other publications.
Jost is known for his punchy, articulate drum sound, which he counterbalances with a jazzy, exotic cymbal wash. His ‘light and shade’ vibe reflects a cutting-edge drummer who keeps one foot steeped in tradition, with a pocket and groove that is undeniable.
In addition to touring and recording, Jost, who studied at Drummers Collective in New York, is a tutor at the highly acclaimed University of Pop in Mannheim.