Nick Tateishi

2011 Honour Combo B
2011 Summer Jazz Workshop

“one of the most inspiring young guitarists of his generation.”  – Geoff Young

Nick Tateishi became hooked on music and guitar immediately after hearing the solo to “Let It Be” at the age of ten.  Soon after, he began tirelessly dissecting the musical language of classic rock and blues.  As his skills progressed, his musical tastes widened to include hip hop, country, gospel, jazz and nearly every other established genre in Western music. His pursuit of diversity has led him to Humber College, where he can be heard combining the styles in his musical vocabulary by adding jazz melodies to the bluegrass ensemble and the visual performance intensity of rock to contemporary jazz.  At Humber, Nick has been awarded the Gordon and Anne Wragg Memorial Scholarship and held the guitar chair in the prestigious Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble.  He has had the opportunity to perform with the New York Voices, and jazz fusion legend, Mike Stern, who showered him with numerous praises, including that, “he plays his heart out.” Nick is establishing himself on the professional scene, performing with Denzil Sinclaire at Koerner Hall, John Campbell and Juno winner, Kellylee Evans.  Nick can be heard on the Toronto scene performing with Dead Penny, the Blackbird Vocal Jazz Jam house band hosted by Kalya Ramu, City Soul Trio and at private corporate events and weddings.  Nick has just published his new website and released three, professionally filmed and recorded, live performance videos to YouTube.