Jazz Trombonist/Composer Nicholas Adema is currently an upcoming musical voice on the Canadian Jazz Scene. He currently studies Jazz Performance in his second year at the University of Toronto, under the guidance of Terry Promane, William Carn, Dave Young, John Macleod, Kelly Jefferson, Jim Lewis, Andrew Downing, Gordon Foote, and others. Due to his musical and technical jazz proficiency, Nick currently holds the Albert & Wilhelmine Francis Renewable Scholarship (UofT Faculty scholarship). He also holds the lead trombone chair in the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Gordon Foote, which is the flagship ”A” big band.
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 his own Big Band chart, which was featured in the Ottawa Jazz Festival (Click here), running many concerts that featured Ottawa’s finest jazz musicians (Click here), coordinating an entire alumni concert for the Nepean All-City Jazz band (Click here), 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.
In April 2019, Nick will be releasing his debut album recording, entitled “Nick Adema: Starting Point”. Joined by David Hodgson, Carter Brodkorb, Evan Gratham, and Jacob Slous, this album features four brand new compositions by Nick Adema. This five piece band explores Nick’s original compositions, which pushes the boundaries of straight-ahead, contemporary jazz. Being some of the leading voices on the Canadian jazz scene, these musicians create a dynamic interplay that displays a broad spectrum of musical creativity, and proficiency.