Mike Nock

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Mike Nock
Born (1940-09-27) 27 September 1940 (age 81)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards

Michael Anthony Nock ONZM (born 27 September 1940)[1] is a New Zealand jazz pianist, currently based in Australia.


He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand.[1] Nock began studying piano at 11. He attended Nelson College for one term in 1955.[2] By the age of 18, he was performing in Australia.[1] In Sydney he played in The Three Out trio with Freddy Logan and Chris Karan who toured England in 1961 before Nock left to attend Berklee College of Music.[1] He was a member of Yusef Lateef's group from 1963 to 1965.[1]

During 1968–1970, Nock was involved with fusion, leading the Fourth Way band.[1] After a few years he became a studio musician in New York (1975–1985) and then returned to Australia.[1]

His 1987 album Open Door with drummer Frank Gibson, Jr. was named that year's Best Jazz Album in the New Zealand Music Awards.

In the 2003 New Year Honours, Nock was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to jazz.[3]

He currently lives in New South Wales where he taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music until 2018[4] and performs with his trio, big band, and various one-off ensembles.


As leader/co-leader[edit]

  • The Mike Nock Underground, Between or Beyond (BASF, 1971) – recorded in 1970
  • Almanac (Improvising Artists, 1977) with Bennie Maupin, Cecil McBee, Eddie Marshall – recorded in 1967
  • Magic Mansions (Laurie, 1977)
  • Mike Nock Quartet, In, Out and Around (Timeless Muse, 1978) – with Michael Brecker, Al Foster, George Mraz
  • Talisman (Enja, 1979) – piano solo. recorded in 1978.
  • Climbing (Tomato, 1979) – with Tom Harrell, John Abercrombie, David Friesen, Al Foster
  • Succubus (Sutra, 1980)
  • Ondas (ECM, 1981) – recorded in 1980
  • Strata (Kiwi, 1984) – solo
  • Open Door (Ode, 1987) with Frank Gibson, Jr.
  • Mike Nock Trio, Beautiful Friendship (Ode, 1989) – with Paul Dyne, Roger Sellers
  • Mike Nock Quartet, Dark and Curious (Verabra, 1990) – with Tim Hopkins, Cameron Undy, Andrew Dickeson
  • Touch (Birdland, 1993) – solo
  • Mike Nock Trio, Not We But One (Naxos Jazz, 1997) – with Anthony Cox, Tony Reedus. recorded in 1996.
  • Mike Nock Quintet, Ozboppin' (Naxos Jazz, 1998) – with Phil Slater, Tim Hopkins, Cameron Undy, David Goodman
  • The Waiting Game (Naxos Jazz, 2000) with Marty Ehrlich
  • Changing Seasons (DIW, 2002) – trio with Brett Hirst, Toby Hall
  • Mike Nock's BigSmallBand, Live (ABC Jazz, 2003) – live with Andrew Robson, Roger Manins, Matt Ottignon, Simon Sweeney, Dave Panichi, David Basden, Cameron Deyell, Toby Hall, Brett Hirst
  • Duologue (Birdland, 2007) with Dave Liebman – live recorded in 2004
  • The Mike Nock Project, Meeting of the Waters (Jazzhead Oz, 2008) – with Steve Magnusson, Julien Wilson, Tim Wilson, James Greening, Eugene Ball, Dale Gorfinkle, Toby Hall, Brett Hirst
  • Mike Nock Trio, Andrew Klippel Compositions 1980-1983 (Andrew Klippel, 2008) – with James Waples, Brett Hirst
  • Mike Nock Trio, An Accumulation of Subtleties (FWM, 2010)
  • Mike Nock Trio, Hear and Know (FWM, 2011) plus James Waples, Ben Waples, Karl Laskowski, Ken Allars
  • Transformations (Ode, 2011) – with Colin Hemmingsen, Nick Tipping, John Rae, The New Zealand String Quartet. recorded in 2010.
  • Kindred (FWM, 2012) with Laurence Pike
  • Opal Dream (Open Blue, 2013) with Howie Smith
  • Mike Nock Octet, Suite SIMA (FWM, 2014)
  • Beginning and End of Knowing (FWM, 2015) with Laurence Pike
  • Two - Out (FWM, 2015) with Roger Manins
  • This World (LionShare, 2019) with Hamish Stuart, Julien Wilson, Jonathan Zwartz
  • Another Dance (Lionsharecords, 2021) with the same musicians

As sideman[edit]

With Tal Farlow

With John Handy

With John Klemmer

With Eric Kloss

  • Now (Muse, 1978)

With Yusef Lateef

With Dave Liebman

With Teo Macero

  • Impressions Of Charles Mingus (Palo Alto, 1983)
  • Acoustical Suspension (Doctor Jazz, 1985)

With Yoshiaki Masuo [ja]

  • Sailing Wonder (Electric Bird, 1978)

With Bob Mover

With The Fourth Way

  • "The Fourth Way" ( TOCJ-50258 - Capitol - EMI ) rec 1969.
  • "WEREWOLF" ( TOCJ-50264 - Harvest - EMI ) rec 1970.
  • "The Sun and Moon Have Come Together" - Take 5 - 35014 rec 1070

With Jeremy Steig and Eddie Gómez


AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognize, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2015[5] Suite Sima Best Independent Jazz Album Nominated
AIR Awards of 2020[6][7] This World Best Independent Jazz Album or EP Nominated

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards are annual awards, which recognizes excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1992 Dark & Curious Best Jazz Album Nominated
1994 Touch Best Jazz Album Nominated
2000 The Waiting Game (with Marty Ehrlich) Best Jazz Album Nominated
2004 Big Small Band Live Best Jazz Album Nominated
2007 Duologue (with Dave Liebman) Best Jazz Album Won
2008 Meeting Of The Waters Best Jazz Album Nominated
2020[8] This World (with Hamish Stuart, Julien Wilson & Jonathan Zwartz) Best Jazz Album Nominated

Australian Jazz Bell Awards[edit]

The Australian Jazz Bell Awards, (also known as the Bell Awards or The Bells), are annual music awards for the jazz music genre in Australia. They commenced in 2003.[9]

Year Nominee / work Award Result(wins only)
2004 Big Small Band Live – Mike Nock Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
2009 Mike Nock Hall of Fame inducted
2011 An Accumulation of Subtleties – Mike Nock Trio Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album Won
2015 Suite Sima – Mike Nock Octet Best Australian Jazz Ensemble Won
2016 Beginning and End of Knowing – Mike Nock & Laurence Pike Best Produced Album Won

Mo Awards[edit]

The Australian Entertainment Mo Awards (commonly known informally as the Mo Awards), were annual Australian entertainment industry awards. They recognise achievements in live entertainment in Australia from 1975 to 2016.[10]

Year Nominee / work Award Result (wins only)
1990 Mike Nock Quartet Jazz Group of the Year Won


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1837. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  3. ^ "New Year honours list 2003". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2002. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  4. ^ O'Sullivan, Barry (9 September 2018). "Mike Nock, A Jazz Life". Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  5. ^ Mack, Emmy (7 September 2015). "1 Dads, Courtney Barnett Lead This Year's Independent Music Award Nominations". Musicfeeds.com.au. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  6. ^ "2020 AIR Awards Nominees". Scenestr.com.au. 7 July 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  7. ^ Walter, Abby (1 October 2020). "That's a wrap: 2020 AIR Awards winners and celebrations". The Industry Observer. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  8. ^ "ARIA Awards 2020 Nominees". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Bell Award Winners". Bellawards.org. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  10. ^ "MO Award Winners". Mo Awards. Retrieved 16 March 2022.

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