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Nick Hempton Band

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. The next recruit was Italian-born Double Bassist Marco Panascia

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Nick Hempton Band Live & Loud

Read "Nick Hempton Band  Live & Loud" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Nick Hempton Band Live and Loud New York, NY December 3, 2020 Can venues reflect the tenor of a particular time? In August of 2018, saxophonist Nick Hempton played two sets at a park in Dobbs Ferry, NY, a striking location right on the Hudson River. It was a comfortably warm ...

Album

The Business

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2011

Album

Nick Hempton Band

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009
Track listing: Get This; The Times; Lonely Woman; I'm a Nurse, I'm an Engineer; Serenity; Trivia; The Artful Roger; But Beautiful.

Album

Nick Hempton Band

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009
Track listing: Get This...; The Times; Lonely Woman; I'm A Nurse, I'm An Engineer; Serenity; Trivia; The Artful Roger; But Beautiful.

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Nick Hempton Band: Nick Hempton Band

Read "Nick Hempton Band" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


After a few years of knocking about in New York City's jazz underground, the Nick Hempton Band is getting a toehold in venues like Smalls, Zinc Bar, and Fat Cat. Hempton's satirical account of the rigors of a “combined eight hours of work in a single month" is posted on the band's website in an entry ...

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Nick Hempton Band: Nick Hempton Band

Read "Nick Hempton Band" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Alto saxophonist Nick Hempton is a funny man. Though not discernable from the picture on the cover of his debut, Nick Hempton Band, his liner notes tell all. Australia-born Hempton landed in New York in the winter of 2004, with the aim of putting a band together. The first pick was easy; he ...

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Nick Hempton Band: Nick Hempton Band

Read "Nick Hempton Band" reviewed by David Miller


Nick Hempton. The name even sounds old school, doesn't it? From the opening notes of the alto saxophonist's debut, Nick Hempton Band, it is clear that Hempton and his quartet are after that old Blue Note feel and sound. And, for the most part, they succeed. This is a turn-back-the-clock, no-holds-barred blowing session. And what's more, ...

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Nick Hempton: Nick Hempton Band

Read "Nick Hempton Band" reviewed by Edward Blanco


In 2005, Australian-born alto saxophonist Nick Hempton assembled a group of players to launch an assault on the Big Apple's vibrant jazz scene. His quartet--with musicians from around the globe including Israeli drummer Dan Aran, Sicilian-born bassist Marco Panascia, and pianist Art Hirahara (the only naturally-born American in the group, originally from the San Francisco Bay ...

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Nick Hempton: Nick Hempton Band

Read "Nick Hempton Band" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine


What happens when you put a drummer from Israel, a bassist from Italy, a Japanese-American pianist from Northern California and a saxophonist from Australia all on one recording? An amalgamation of sound, tempered by richly cultured yet solitary experiences, that amounts to the auditory equivalent of life in New York City. On the self-titled debut release ...


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