Nicolas Thys

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Nicolas Thys (born August 27, 1968 in Brussels ) is a Belgian modern jazz musician ( double bass , bass guitar , composition ).

Live and act

Thys received a musical education ( singing , recorder , piano ) very early on . He started playing bass when he was 13. Until 1993 he studied bass guitar at the Hilversum Conservatory ; at the same time he took lessons from Dave Holland , Mark Helias and Marc Johnson . In 1994 he graduated with honors on the double bass in Hilversum.

Thys was a member of the GVA Quintet during his studies and led his own trio. Soon he belonged to the groups of Bart Defoort and Kris Defoort and to the Brussels Jazz Orchestra , with whom he also recorded. With the trio of Rob Madna he accompanied Bob Brookmeyer (radio recording). He toured Germany with Benny Bailey ; with Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner he went on a tour of Japan. He also belonged to the quartet of Kurt Van Herck and Kris Goessens .

In 1997 he released his first album as a leader with his band Alice's 5 Moons , with whom he went on a European tour two years later. In 1999 he moved to New York, where he stayed until 2007 and worked with Toshiko Akiyoshi's big band and Ben Monder , among others . Since 2001 he has been part of the Bill Carrothers group , with whom he recorded several albums. His album Virgo received very positive reviews from the critics. He also recorded with Walter Lang , Jason Seizer , Jesse van Ruller , Andi Maile , Nils Wogram / Simon Nabatov , Zap Mama , David Linx , Maria de Fátima , Robin Verheyen , Tutu Puoane , Manuel Hermia and Mark Turner . He was also on the Grammy-nominated album New York City the Brazilian Girls involved. He also played with Rick Hollander , Judy Niemack , Lee Konitz , Garrett List , Bart van Lier , Ivan Paduart , Michel Herr , Nathalie Loriers , Jeanne Lee / Mal Waldron and Mike Stern .

Prizes and awards

With his trio he won the Jazz Hoeilaart in 1993 and the following year with Five Up High the competition of the Leverkusener Jazztage . In 2001 he was awarded a Django d'Or as a “new talent” .

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