It was in the winter of 2004 that Australian saxophonist Nick Hempton stumbled off a plane at JFK airport in New York, and made his way back into that hotbed of modern jazz- Manhattan. He immediately embarked upon a game of musical Cull-or-Keep, sizing up the many and abundantly talented rhythm-section players on offer. The goal: to assemble a group of musicians whose talent, experience, originality, and ability to communicate was unequalled, let alone surpassed. This is how it happened...
The first step was the rekindling of Nick's musical relationship with drummer Dan Aran. The two had performed regularly at informal sessions at Arturo's restaurant in Greenwich Village, and shared a similar musical philosophy. They engaged in a series of late night band meetings at a local bar and emerged, heroes of many a well-fought bottle, with a vision and a musical direction. The drive continued....
Nick Hempton Band (Self Produced, 2009)
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New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.