Keith Nichols is considered to be one of the foremost authorities on Classic Jazz and Ragtime, specialising in all older jazz piano styles, including Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington.

In 1977, he formed the Midnite Follies Orchestra with arranger Alan Cohen, and has written many arrangements and transcriptions in the 20s and 30s style, notably for the New York Jazz Repertory Company and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra.

He is currently freelance. Concert projects include tributes to Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke, plus an ambitious chronological show, ‘Jazz Classics Revisited’. He has toured the UK, Europe and the US in recent times with great success. In 2006 he directed a 30-piece orchestra in a concert dedicated to the music of Paul Whiteman and George Gershwin, followed by concerts devoted to the music of Benny Goodman and classic British big bands.