"a budding guitar prodigy"
- Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News
"Subtle, smooth little spoonfuls of guitar, stirred craftily into the ensemble sound. More like a sorcerer than a musician."
- Jazz January
Nick Fitch is a 24-year-old guitarist, musical director and arranger based in Battersea, London. Over the past six years Nick has worked across the city from The Royal Albert Hall, to Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and commercial recording spaces such as AIR Studios.
Nick graduated from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2018 with a first class honours degree in Jazz, Commercial and Classical Guitar. He studied Jazz & Commercial Guitar with John Parricelli, Adam Goldsmith, Tommy Emmerton, Mike Outram and Colin Oxley; and Classical Guitar with Robert Brightmore (Head of Guitar at Guildhall). Additionally, Nick has received private tuition from Steve Cardenas, Andreas Oberg, Mike Walker, Adam Rogers, Justin Quinn, Ralph Salmins, Gareth Lockrane, Barry Green and Malcolm Edmonstone.
A member of the National Youth Jazz Collective, Nick played with their Dectet and Creative Leadership Ensemble. A highlight of this was a performance at the House Of Commons alongside bass legend Dave Holland (of Miles Davis fame).
After moving to London in 2014, Nick successfully auditioned for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain (NYJO) and held the guitar chair for both the orchestra and the NYJO Nonet from 2014-2019, playing 50+ dates a year in the UK and Europe. Highlights with NYJO include: The 2018 BBC Proms, several European tours with NYJO's German and Dutch equivalents (BuJazzO and NJJO), playing with The Swingle Singers at Teatro Fraschini in Pavia, Italy, leading a workshop with Mike Stern at the London Contemporary College of Music (LCCM), an annual residency at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and performing with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at The Barbican with Wynton Marsalis.
In the Jazz world, Nick has become a first-call musical director and guitarist with singers including Claire Martin, Clare Teal, James Hudson, Helena Debono, and award winning singer Tina May whom he has worked on an ongoing project with celebrating the work of Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass.
As well as Nick's sideman work with singers, he has worked with a wide variety of jazz instrumentalists including Perico Sambeat (Pat Metheny, Brad Mehldau), Jim Mullen (Average White Band), Libor Smoldas, Nigel Price, Nikki Illes and Pete Churchill.
In 2018, promoter JBGB Events hosted a duo show at PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho with Nick and Laurence Juber (member of Paul McCartney's Wings, and recorded the James Bond theme).
The following year, Nick was selected as one of four guitarists to play in the Global Music Foundation Guitar-mageddon gig with Jim Mullen, Nigel Price, and Libor Smoldas at PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho.
Leading a few of his own groups; the Nick Fitch Standards Quartet, a swinging standards group, the Nick Fitch Organ Trio (featuring Jamie Safir and Luke Tomlinson) and the Nick Fitch Band, Nick has taken these groups to PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho), The Pheasantry (Chelsea), PizzaExpress Live (both Holborn and Maidstone), Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Hampstead Jazz Club, The Other Palace, Norwich Jazz Club, Oliver’s Jazz Bar; plus festivals including EFG London Jazz Festival, Ealing Jazz Festival, Conscia Jazz Festival and Southbank Jazz Festival.
The Nick Fitch Organ Trio was formed for a few of the 'early shows' at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (2018-2020) celebrating swinging organ trios of Jimmy Smith, George Benson and Wes Montgomery, supporting Claire Martin and The Ronnie Scott's Story. During COVID-19 lockdown, the group have started remotely recording and writing original material as well as re-imagining pop standard. The group have been inspired by Oz Noy, Andrew Synowiec, Jeff Beck and Joey Defrancesco.
His Standards Quartet has been Nick's vehicle for his instrumental and vocal arrangements. Past shows include features with singers including Jessica Radcliffe, Nel Begley, Goda Bumbliauskaitė plus working as a musical director with top UK male jazz singer James Hudson.
Together with pianist Joe Hill they've been arranging the music for James' upcoming album, with a potentially late 2020 release. In December 2019, Nick and James created a Christmas Songbook show at PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho), which sold out within a month and was recorded for a live album (to be released later this year). Nick and James frequently play together as a duo, the Hudson and Fitch Duo has been performing shows and private events for the last 4 years.
Nick has also recently started a tango duo with virtuoso flautist Jaymee Coonjobeeharry. The duo are hoping to recording an album later this year, featuring their arrangements of the music of Astor Piazzolla,
Currently based in Fulham, London, Nick has a large selection of stringed instruments, amps, pedals and operates a fully-equipped home studio. He is regularly recording for pop artists, library/sync companies and for his own solo projects.
"The UK's new rising star guitarist"
(Promoters at St John Smith Square, Pizza Express, The Other Palace