A Seattle native, Nick has been a working pianist and keyboardist in the area since 1975. Though jazz is his home base, he has played in countless solo and ensemble environments, in styles ranging from pop to salsa and from funk to big-band swing.
With a musical palette incorporating lyricism, rhythmic groove, and sensitivity, Nick often accompanies local jazz vocalists. You may have recently heard him around the area with Carrie Wicks, Eugenie Jones, Gail Pettis, Billy Brandt, Marina Christopher, and others.
For the past few years, Nick has been collaborating and composing with Ms. Wicks, whose three CDs on Origin Records have received rave reviews and national airplay. He served as associate producer on her most recent, 2015’s Maybe. Nick and Carrie have performed together at St. Clouds, Egan’s Ballard Jam House, Match Coffee & Wine, the Sorrento Hotel’s Fireside Room, and the Boat Street Café, among other venues.
Nick provided the piano and keyboard work on bassist/vocalist/composer Marina Christopher’s 2016 CD Must Love Cats. In support of that CD, the band performed a live studio session at KPLU-FM (now KNKX); audio and video are here. He also accompanied Marina at Jazz Alley as part of the 2017 Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition.
As a solo pianist, Nick can regularly be heard at Aqua by El Gaucho, on Seattle’s Pier 70. He also performs summer concerts and private events with Soul Purpose, a 10- to 14-piece R&B band with an enthusiastic following. Catch them at events like the Bite of Seattle, Magnolia Summerfest, and the Bellevue Strawberry Festival.
Other performing and recording credits over the years include Bochinche, Airbrush, Deborah Brown, Kelly Harland, Floyd Standifer, Aja West, Kathy Hart, Gary Peacock, Cheeba, Joanne Klein, and many others.
Nick is available for private functions, either as a solo performer or with an ensemble assembled to suit the occasion.