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Nock, Mike (Michael Anthony)

Nock, Mike (Michael Anthony), pianist, composer; b. Christchurch, New Zealand, 27 September 1940. His parents were Randolph Audrey Nock (1900-1952) and Marjorie Millicent (nee Keenan, b. 1910). His sisters are Anne (Bewley, 1942-1989) and Jennifer-Mary (Stills, b. 1943). His current wife is Yuri Takahashi. They have no children.

Nock has spent almost forty years recording and touring professionally. After his first recording in 1960/61 in Australia with his trio The Three Out he then went to the US where he spent the next 25 years working with such musicians as Coleman Hawkins, Michael Brecker, John Scofield and Yusef Lateef among many others.  A jazz veteran who has been featured on over 80 recordings worldwide, Nock's latest efforts are for the Naxos Jazz label - Not We But One (Mike Nock Trio), Ozboppin' (Mike Nock Quintet), I Don't Know This World Without Don Cherry  (The New York Jazz Collective) and his latest release The Waiting Game (Mike Nock - Marty Ehrlich Duo). Due to his vast recording accomplishments, touring, and mentoring of a new generation of musicians, Nock has become thoroughly recognized in both the United States and abroad for his abilities. His accolades range from three U.S. National Endowment for the Arts fellowships to top piano/keyboard honors at the Australian Critic's Awards in 1991,'92,and '93, and multiple composer international commissions and an Australia Council Fellowship 1999 - 2001. The subject of a TVNZ documentary made on his life and music in 1993, Nock now lives in Sydney where he lectures at the Sydney Conservatorium's Jazz Studies Program which he combines with a busy international schedule as composer / performer and artistic director for the Naxos/Jazz label.

Recordings:
Touch; Ondas; In Out and Around; Almanac; Dark and Curious; Climbin; Beautiful Friendship

Contact information:
manock@ozemail.com.au
4/86 Kurraba Road
Neutral Bay, NSW Australia 2089

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