Danish piano/ keyboard player, composer, producer,
arranger and educator.
NH won the gold prize in "Berlingske Tidendes" competition of
non-classical music in Copenhagen; won the category best
European jazz piano player under 25 in the RAI competition in
Rome and was a finalist in Leverkusener Jazztages
"European Young Artist" competition in Germany.
Having graduated from Rhythmic Conservatory at 22, he was
the first to get topgrade 13 for his concert performance in
piano, his major subject. He later studied in the US with Richie
Beirach, Danilo Perez and Gary Dial. He also studied in West
Africa with master drummer Odartey and at Legon University
in Accra, Ghana.
His numerous recordings as a leader, co-leader and sideman
includes Nikolaj Hess Global Motion + (w Mommaas, Hebert,
Moreno, Ballard, Monder) nominated as album of the year at
DMA 2010, Spacelab The Champ (w AC and Mikkel Hess)
and also the Nikolaj Hess Trio "Playin" (Music Mecca),
Hess/Lund/Waidtløew/McBride "Back & Forth", Global Motion
(Sunnyside Records), Ulla Henningsen "The Man I Love"
(Sony), "Global Motion Trio" (Calibre), Hessismore, "Coral"
with Gregory Hutchinson, Chris Cheek & Jens Skou, "A
Word" with Sissel Vera Pettersen nominated as best jazz
vocal album DMA 2010, research&development project
"Spoiled Child", Hessismore "Live At Wood Wood".
He is leader, co-leader and member of several other groups
like NH Quartet, Funky Nacht Music, Hessismore,
SisselVeraPettersen/NikolajHess, DocStomp aka Spoiled
Child, counting and having counted members like Marc
Mommaas, John Hebert, Tony Moreno, Jay Anderson,
Francois Moutin, Kenny Wolleson, Christian McBride, Greg
Hutchinson, Marylin Mazur, Donny McCaslin, Jochen
Rueckert, Satoshi Takeishi, Jesper Lundgaard, Mads Vinding,
Alex Riel, Lars Danielsson, Jacob Fisher, Johannes
Weidenmuller, Tom Rainey, Cameron Brown, Sissel Vera
Petersen, Hans Ulrik and Chris Minh Doky.
He has also worked with Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Fela Kuti,
Femi Kuti, Hal Willner, Etta Cameron, Ulla Henningsen,
Annisette Koppel, Julee Cruise, Jamey Haddad, Ben Street,
Ben Allison, Essiet Essiet, Lage Lund, Ron Afif, Michelle
Walker, Ed Neumeister, Clarence Penn, Danny Gottlieb,
James Genus, David Liebman, Hal Crook, Harwie Swartz,
Jean Luc Ponty, Marcello Pelletiri, Andrea Marcelli, Michael
Blair, Kysia Bostic, Ed Howard, Youron Israels, Victor
Rendon, Manny Duran, Dennis Charles, Doug Raney, Judy
Niemack, Cæcilie Norby, Debbie Cameron, Lars Hug, Bob
Rockwell, Caroline Henderson, Jukka Perko, Severi Pyysalo,
Ed Thigpen, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, and many others