Nick McGuire, double bass

Nick McGuire (1960) started his musical career at the age of six as a chorister in the Cookham church choir. Singing in English cathedrals and recording Bach’s St Mathew’s Passion at such an early age sowed the seeds of music for years to come. At the age of eleven he joined the Marlow brass band on trumpet and played bass guitar in school bands and local theatre productions. At sixteen he went on to study trumpet, piano, composition and arranging at the Guards Depot in Pirbright where he first encountered the double bass.

Relocating to the Netherlands in 1980 he went on to study double bass at the Rotterdam Conservatory where he was taught by and invited to perform with guitarist Joe Pass, trumpeter Clark Terry, valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. Performing and composing with electric and acoustic bass, vocals, trumpet, guitar, loops and electronics Nick McGuire collaborates with poets, painters and all those interested in creating original sounds and sights under the motto: ‘there’s more to music than meets the eye’.