Nick Waldock is an extraordinary musician. Described recently as the ‘Jaco Pastorius’ of the folk scene, this naturally talented guitar and bass player has gained a glowing reputation amongst music fans worldwide in the few short years since he left college.
Nick studied at the renowned Jazz conservatory Leeds College of Music, under tuition of bassist Zoltan Dekany (Dennis Rollins Bad Bone & Co, Joel Purnell Quartet) who introduced him to the delights of the double bass as well as the concepts of Jazz improvisation and composition on electric bass.
During his time at LCM, Nick also benefitted from masterclasses from many renowned musicians including Pete sklaroff, Jamie Taylor (Java), Omar Puente (Coutney Pine), Mornington Lockett, Lucky Ranku and Jiannis Pavlidis. Showing an early ability for group playing and an appetite for Jazz and World music lead Nick to play with many ensembles over the three year course including the LCM Big Band with whom he won the Great North Big Band Competition. This lead to a special concert and workshop with trumpet legend Derek Watkins.
Whilst completing the BA (Hons) in Jazz, Nick was actively involved in various other projects outside of the college. These include Traditional, Original and Free Jazz ensembles, as well as pop acts The Laura Hunter Band and The James Welch Band.
Nick became involved with the Uiscedwr Big Band in 2007, and joined the group for their premiere at Scotland’s biggest folk festival Celtic Connections in 2008. After the delights of both band and audience to be introduced to such a unique musician, Nick was then asked to join the Uiscedwr trio for a tour of Austria as the band’s special guest. He is a now a regular special guest with Anna and Cormac (Uiscedwr) and will be joining them for his first full UK tour in 2009.
Not content with being a fully paid up folkie, jazz man and composer, Nick also finds time to play regularly with Cambridgeshire’s premiere function band, and maintains a healthy teaching schedule both in schools and privately.
Tel: +44(0) 1926 632 946
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