BROWNTASAURAS artist NICK MACLEAN is “one of the most gifted young Toronto pianists to come along in the last few years” (Adrean Farrugia, Juno winning jazz pianist) and has quickly become one of the most in demand 20-something piano players in that city’s bustling jazz scene. Turning his attention inwards Nick is working towards a solo piano record taking influences from some of the greatest jazz piano players in history: Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, and Brad Mehldau as well as his two divergent and multi award-winning ensembles: the hard-swinging NYC-style jazz ensemble the NICK MACLEAN QUARTET and the groove-based, electric jazz project SNAGGLE. On June 6th he will be performing at Manhattans giving Guelph jazz audiences a first look at his new, original solo piano repertoire.
Born in Ottawa, NICK MACLEAN is “one of the most gifted young Toronto pianists to come along in the last few years ” (Adrean Farrugia, Juno winning jazz pianist) and has quickly become one of the most in demand 20-something piano players in that city’s bustling jazz scene. Nick received his Bachelors of Music from Humber College in 2013, having studied with David Restivo, Bernie Senensky and Nancy Walker. He then went on to do a Masters in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto researching synthesizer pedagogy while studying under David Occhipinti, Andrew Downing, Chris Donnelly and David Braid. Braid in particular had an enormous influence on how Maclean approaches playing and composing. From Miles Davis & Herbie Hancock to Weather Report & Snarky Puppy, Maclean’s musical influences are diverse. Nick leads the hard-swinging NYC-style jazz ensemble the NICK MACLEAN QUARTET. Formed in 2016, Maclean’s foursome delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s primordial 1960’s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history. The group released their debut album RITES OF ASCENSION in November 2017 which was featured as on of the Global Music Award’s ‘Top 5 Albums of Spring 2018’, was nominated for CJSF’s ‘Julian Award of Excellence’ and won a ‘Gold’ Global Music Award in the ‘Jazz’ category. Maclean also leads the multi award-winning, groove-based, electric jazz project SNAGGLE, a group with a fearlessly muscular yet introspective sound likened to a cross between ‘electric-era Miles Davis’ and ‘Rage Against The Machine’. SNAGGLE’s uniquely brash and infectious brand of jazz-funk is a melodically driven sound which incorporates primal groove qualities more commonly associated with pop and rock, swinging their live show from quietly contemplative all the way to explosively fierce – sometimes all within the same tune. Their latest release THE LONG SLOG was awarded a ‘Gold’ Global Music Award, a Toronto Independent Music Award and a nomination in the international Independent Music Awards for ‘Best jazz/funk/fusio