Bassist/composer Nick Abbey has become an integral fixture of the WA jazz scene since arriving from Melbourne in 2006. A well-known and eminently reliable sideman who has featured with a host of national and international luminaries (including the likes of Veronica Swift, Peter Bernstein, George Garzone, John Scofield, Troy Roberts, Tal Cohen, Paul Grabowsky, and Jamie Oehlers, to name a few), this PhD recipient, 2020 Freedman Jazz Fellowship nominee, 2015 National Jazz Awards semi-finalist, and sessional lecturer at WAAPA and UWA is also a compelling artistic voice in his own right.
Alongside his long-time collaborators Chris Foster and Daniel Susnjar, Nick’s main project is his long-running eponymous trio, an ensemble built on its members’ deep musical and personal connection. This modern take on the piano trio format has forged a trademark blend of lush harmonies, emotive melodies, dynamic rhythmic interplay, and fiery improvisations. The release of his album ‘Phantoms’ with this group saw Nick receive his fourth WAM Jazz Song of the Year award (2012, 2013, 2014, 2019) and a further nomination in 2020. This ensemble will soon start working towards a new studio release featuring an expanded lineup. Nick, Chris, and Daniel also perform together in two other guises: the Chris Foster Trio – which has recently recorded Chris’s debut album ‘In Motion’ (releasing 2022) – and TRISK, a collaborative jazz/hip-hop project featuring WA MCs and vocalists such as Optamus, Macshane, Kruger James, and Solomon Pitt (also releasing a 2022 album). Inspired by bassists such as Larry Grenadier, Dave Holland, John Patitucci, Jorge Roeder, and Linda May Han Oh, Nick is also currently working on an audio-visual recording of original music for solo double bass.
Outside of his own projects, Nick regularly features with various other groups in Perth, including Libby Hammer, The Fix, Ryan Daunt, Fiona Lawe Davies, Chris McNulty, Simone Craddock, and Perth Symphony Orchestra, amongst many others.Nick Abbey