Mike Nock

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Mike Nock
Born (1940-09-27) 27 September 1940 (age 80)
Christchurch, New Zealand
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards
Websitemikenock.com

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

Biography[edit]

Nock began studying piano at 11. He attended Nelson College for one term in 1955.[1] By the age of 18, he was performing in Australia. He headed a trio that toured England in 1961 and then attended Berklee College of Music. He was a member of Yusef Lateef's group from 1963 to 1965.

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

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.[2]

He currently lives in New South Wales where he taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music until 2018[3] and performs with his trio, big band, and various one-off ensembles.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Almanac ( Improvising Artists, 1967) with Bennie Maupin / Cecil McBee / Eddie Marshall.
  • Between Or Beyond (BASF, 1970)
  • Magic Mansions (Laurie, 1977) with Charlie Mariano / Al Foster/ Ron McLure.
  • In, Out and Around (Timeless Muse, 1978) with Michael Brecker / Al Foster / George Mraz.
  • Climbing (Tomato, 1979) with Tom Harrell / John Abercrombie / David Friesen / Al Foster.
  • Talisman (Inner City, 1979) Solo
  • Succubus (Sutra, 1980) with Alex Foster ( saxophone ) / Ratso Harris / Tom Rainey.
  • Ondas (ECM, 1981) with Eddie Gomez / Jon Christensen.
  • Strata (Kiwi/Pacific, 1983) Solo (soundtrack)
  • Open Door (Ode, 1987) with Frank Gibson, Jr.
  • Beautiful Friendship (Ode, 1989) with Paul Dyne / Roger Sellers.
  • Dark and Curious (Verabra, 1990) with Tim Hopkins / Cameron Undy / Andrew Dickeson
  • Touch (Birdland, 1993) Solo
  • Not We But One (Naxos Jazz, 1996) with Anthony Cox / Tony Reedus.
  • Ozboppin (Naxos Jazz, 1998) with Phil Slater / Tim Hopkins / Cameron Undy / David Goodman.
  • The Waiting Game (Naxos Jazz, 2000) with Marty Ehrlich.
  • "Live" Mike Nock's BigSmallBand ( ABC Jazz 2002 ) Andrew Robson / Roger Manins / Matt Ottignon / Simon Sweeney / Dave Panichi / David Basden / Cameron Deyell / Toby Hall / Brett Hirst.
  • Changing Seasons (DIW, 2003) with Brett Hirst / Toby Hall.
  • Duologue (Birdland, 2004) Live concert recording with Dave Liebman.
  • Meeting of the Waters (Jazzhead Oz, 2008) The Mike Nock Project / Steve Magnusson / Julien Wilson / Tim Wilson / James Greening / Eugene Ball / Dale Gorfinkle / Toby Hall / Brett Hirst.
  • "Andrew Klippel Compositions 1980-1983 - the Mike Nock Trio" ( AKP0001 ) Mike Nock / James Waples / Brett Hirst.
  • "An Accumulation Of Subtleties" ( FWM 001, 2010 ) The Mike Nock Trio - with James Waples / Ben Waples.
  • "Hear and Know" ( FWM 002, 2011 ) Mike Nock Trio Plus - James Waples / Ben Waples / Karl Laskowski ten sax / Ken Allars tpt.
  • "Transformations" ( CD MANU5129 ) Mike Nock with The New Zealand String Quartet - Colin Hemmingsen/Nick Tipping/ John Rae.
  • "Kindred" ( FWM 003, 2012 ) Mike Nock piano / Laurenz Pike drum kit.
  • "Suite SIMA" ( FWM 004, 2014 ) Mike Nock Octet
  • "Opal Dream" ( FWM 2015 ) Howie Smith / Mike Nock
  • "Beginning And End Of Knowing" (FWM 2015) Mike Nock / Laurence Pike
  • "Two - Out" (FWM 2015) Mike Nock / Roger Manins
  • "This World" (LionShare 2019) Mike Nock / Hamish Stuart / Julien Wilson / Jonathan Zwartz

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 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

Awards[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

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

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2015[4] Suite Sima Best Independent Jazz Album Nominated
AIR Awards of 2020[5][6] This World Best Independent Jazz Album or EP Nominated

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

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

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2020[7] This World (with Hamish Stuart, Julien Wilson & Jonathan Zwartz) Best Jazz Album Pending

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.[8]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
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
  • wins only

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  2. ^ "New Year honours list 2003". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2002. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Mike Nock, A Jazz Life". 9 September 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  4. ^ "1 Dads, Courtney Barnett Lead This Year's Independent Music Award Nominations". MusicFeeds. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  5. ^ "2020 AIR Awards Nominees". scenestr. 7 July 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  6. ^ "That's a wrap: 2020 AIR Awards winners and celebrations". the industry observer. 1 October 2020. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  7. ^ "ARIA Awards 2020 Nominees". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Bell Award Winners". bellawards. Retrieved 7 November 2020.

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