Biography

Wellington, New Zealand based professional musician Nick Granville possesses a huge palette of diverse sounds and styles. He regularly performs everything from jazz to rock/pop, funk, blues and much more and has performed around the world.

As the guitarist on the hit television programme ‘Dancing with the Stars', Nick worked with Delta Goodrem, Ronan Keating, Paul Potts and Hayley Westenra. As the guitarist with the Wellington Jazz Orchestra he has worked with Mike Stern, Joey DeFrancesco, Patti Austin, Steve Smith, Kurt Elling, Eric Marienthal to name but a few. As a freelance musician he has worked with Bill Cunliffe, Diesel, Chris DeBurgh, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Frankie Stevens, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Vector Wellington Orchestra.

Nick is a first call session and touring musician and can be seen performing approximately 150 gigs / concerts per year. He can be heard daily on the television programmes 'One News' and 'Breakfast' and on the long running show 'Fair Go'.

In 2012 Nick travelled to the USA to record at the legendary Capitol recording studios with the Wellington Jazz Orchestra. Capitol is where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat 'King' Cole and many other legendary artists recorded and is quite possibly the most famous recording studio in the world. In addition to this recording session he played concerts at the top Los Angeles jazz clubs Vitellos, Typhoon and at the Las Vegas jazz club The E String.

Nick has prominently led his own groups and released his debut album 'Wishful Thinking' on ODE records in Dec 2008. This album was quickly followed up with ’Round the Bend' by his group Triptych Trio, then 'Refractions' and most recently 'Home' by the Nick Granville Group - 'Home' is free to download at www.nickgranville.bandcamp.com/home

As a passionate educator Nick has taught at the New Zealand School of Music as the jazz guitar tutor, taught big band rhythm sections classes, sight-reading and fusion classes and developed the guitar curriculum. He has taught workshops at Whitireia School of music, Goodtime Music Academy, The NZ High School Jazz Workshops, CPIT, the NZ Gypsy Jazz workshops, the Southern Jam and at jazz festivals including Tauranga, Nelson, Queenstown and more. In addition to all this Nick is regularly a guest speaker/tutor at workshops, festivals and music institutions around New Zealand.

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