Jazz Trombonist/Composer Nicholas Adema is currently an upcoming musical voice on the Canadian Jazz Scene. As a student at the University of Toronto for Jazz Performance, Nick had the fortune of working 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 received the Albert & Wilhelmine Francis Renewable Scholarship (UofT Faculty Scholarship). He also has held the lead trombone chair in the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Gordon Foote. Nick is currently a professional free lance musician in Toronto. Nick performs regularly with his independent groups in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, where he showcases his orignal contemporary jazz compositions. Nick has also been a sub in some of Toronto’s leading big bands, including the Mike Malone’s Writers Orchestra, Joe Sullivan Big Band, and the Marie Goudy Large Ensemble.
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 has taken part of the TD Ottawa Youth Jazz Summit in 2019, which featured two main shows at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, one being on the main stage. Nick is also soon to perform at the Ottawa Chamberfest in 2019 on the main stage with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra. 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 will be released 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. The album can be found on Bandcamp, and on all major streaming platforms. (Press Review)