Nick Adema is a Canadian trombonist/composer currently based in Amsterdam.
Nick obtained his undergraduate degree in jazz performance at the University of Toronto. While attending this school, Nick had the honors of receiving the Albert & Wilhelmine Francis Renewable Scholarship (UofT Faculty full scholarship). While at the Toronto school, he filled the lead trombone chair in the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, and the Bass trombone chair in the University of Toronto 12tet. While at the school, they recorded a full length album with the UTJO entitled Embargo. Nick is currently completing his masters degree in Jazz Performance at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA).
Growing up in Ottawa, Nick started to find his musical voice by playing with youth groups such as the Nepean All-City Jazz Band, the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, the Conn Selmer Big Band, and the Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra. Nick’s several projects in Ottawa stretched from composing and arranging Big Band charts, creating his own performance opportunities, helping to coordinate an entire alumni concert for the Nepean All-City Jazz band and much more. Nick performs regularly with many professional Ottawa bands such as the Prime Rib Big Band, the Bank Street Bon Bons, and the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra. Nick has also taken part in the Ottawa Youth Jazz Summit, which brought together some of Canada’s brightest young jazz musicians in a ten day intensive. This resulted in the group playing the main stage of the Ottawa Jazz Festival. In April 2019, Nick released his debut EP album recording, entitled “Nick Adema: Starting Point”.
Nick has had the opportunity to gain instruction from Micheal Dease, Marshall Gilkes, Nils Wolgram, Mark Ferguson, WIlliam Carn, and has been able to perform on the same stage with Tim Hagans, Renee Rosnes, Kris Davis and Andrew Rathbun.
Holland Scholarship (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)
Albert & Wilhelmine Francis Renewable Scholarship (Full Tuition, University of Toronto)
Ottawa Youth Jazz Summit Scholarship (TD Ottawa Jazz Festival)
Tim O’Hara Jazz Scholarship
Music Fest Nationals: National Arts Center, Best Brass Player Scholarship
Capital Regional Music Festival: Music Care Scholarship
Capital Regional Music Festival: Long and McQuade Jr. Scholarship
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced