Upright and electric bassist and composer Nick Abbey has become an integral fixture of the jazz and contemporary music scenes in WA since arriving from Melbourne in 2006. Nick was a finalist at the National Jazz Awards in November 2015 and his compositions have repeatedly drawn accolades, including the WA Music Industry Jazz Song of the Year in 2012 (Maelstrom), 2013 (Avina), and 2014 (Charon).
Nick's primary ensembles are the Nick Abbey Trio and TRISK, which are two sides of the same coin, both featuring longtime collaborators Chris Foster (piano) and Daniel Susnjar (drums). The former is an acoustic jazz trio project that features Nick's compositions, while the latter is a collaborative ensemble with a contemporary edge, regularly featuring guest rappers, vocalists, and instrumentalists.
As a sideman, Nick has appeared with the likes of international luminaries George Garzone, John Scofield, Paul Bollenback, Alex Norris, Jim Pugh, Howard Levy, and Troy Roberts, as well as local legends Paul Grabowsky, Jamie Oehlers, and James Morrison. Amongst others, Nick is currently an active member of Abbey|Foster|Falle, Det Nopsus, Hip Mo Toast Big Band, Hammer 9, Johannes Luebbers Dectet, Paul Grabowsky's Perth Sextet, and The Fix.
Nick has toured nationally and internationally (including Singapore, China, France, and Italy), has featured on over a dozen recording projects, and is nearing completion in his PhD studies at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, where he is exploring the philosophy, practicality, and processes of the modern day Australian jazz bassist.