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Nick Reynolds

Jazz Programme Coordinator / Senior Lecturer / Bass Guitar Tutor

Nick Reynolds lectures in Jazz and musical Performance Anxiety, teaches jazz piano, jazz guitar, electric and acoustic bass and has been responsible for developing the folk and jazz activities at the University of Chichester. As a musician he has played widely across the UK and Europe in jazz ensembles and shows, and has also supported musicians such as Jools Holland, Art Garfunkel and Bobby Wellins. He is an active arranger of standards and contemporary music for jazz ensembles and singers and this informs much of his teaching. He currently plays bass in the ‘Integer Trio’ which is a modern jazz/fusion group exploring original compositions and arrangements.

Nick supports the widening participation agenda of the department, having been involved with the flagship summer school Chi Rocks! since its creation in 2009. He also has worked with local schools providing jazz, folk and popular music groups who work with children. Nick also curates an annual concert series, combining professional musicians with current student performances, many of which raise money for local charities, such as the Sussex Snowdrop Trust.

In addition, Nick is also interested in the psychology of musical performance and runs a performance anxiety module for students who are interested in developing confidence in their playing as well as developing the highly successful summer course Performing Without Fear that has attracted participants from all over the UK to the University.

He has completed an M.Phil on the concept of truth in the music of John Coltrane and holds diplomas in neuro-linguistic programming, life coaching and counselling as well as being an advanced practitioner in Integral Eye Movement Therapy. Nick is now working on his PhD which looks at the lack of spiritual experience in contemporary jazz education. The research he is doing has informed his work in the music department with an emphasis on inclusivity and diversity, the employment of autodidactic methods of jazz education interweaved within a structured curriculum and learning through live playing.

Latest concert:

Integer Trio playing ‘Someday my Prince’ at La Havana jazz club