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Artists Nick Fraser

Nick Fraser has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1996. He has worked with a veritable “who’s who” of Canadian jazz and improvised music including Justin Haynes, Mike Murley, Rich Underhill, P.J. Perry, Phil Dwyer, Michael Snow, John Oswald, Andrew Downing, Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, Joe Sorbara, Lina Allemano, Quinsin Nachoff, Dave Restivo, Jim Vivian, David Braid, Ryan Driver, Rosemary Galloway, David Occhipinti, William Carn, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Kelly Jefferson, John Geggie, John MacLeod, Ken Aldcroft, Scott Thomson, Marilyn Lerner, David Mott, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Ron Samworth, John Stetch and Kirk MacDonald.

In addition, he has had the opportunity to perform and/or record with such international artists as Michael Moore, Bobby Shew, Donny McCaslin, Marilyn Crispell, Anthony Braxton, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bela Fleck, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Wynton Marsalis, David Binney, Steve Turre, Matt Welch, Bill Carrothers and Bill Mays. Nick’s recorded works as a leader include Owls in Daylight (1997) and Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes are faking it (2004).

He has worked extensively with Rob Clutton and Ronda Rindone in the cooperative trio This Moment whose debut album Beautiful Line was released in 2002 on the 9Winds label. He also co-leads the co-operative group Drumheller with Brodie West, Rob Clutton, Eric Chenaux and Doug Tielli who released their self-titled debut CD on the Rat-Drifting label in 2005 and Wives in 2006.

Other projects that occupy Nick regularly are Michael Herring’s Vertigo, The AIMToronto Orchestra, the Ugly Beauties (with Marilyn Lerner and Matt Brubeck), Ronda Rindone’s Quorum, the Lina Allemano 4, Deep Dark United and The Bill Grove Quartet.

He is a founding member of The Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to the Toronto improvising community.

Nick Fraser

  • Composer
  • Performer (drum kit)
  • Improviser

Associated groups

On the web

Main releases

Barnyard Records / BR 0333 / 2014
Barnyard Records / BR 0330 / 2013
Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 197 / 2010
Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 187 / 2009
Ambiances Magnétiques Jazz / AM 179 / 2008