Nigel Waddington is a composer, arranger and trumpet player based near London, UK. He works primarily in the jazz idiom, and has written for top UK artists including Claire Martin, Derek Watkins, John Horler, Martin Shaw, Frank Griffith and Sammy Mayne.
Nigel is best known for his orchestral work in the recording studio. However, his chamber music has been performed on London’s South Bank. |
In the US Nigel’s compositions are regularly played by the Blue Nitrous big band in New York City and the Psych! big band in Los Angeles. As a performer Nigel has appeared at and written for performances at all London’s main jazz venues including Ronnie Scott’s, the 606 Club and the Dean Street Pizza Express.
In autumn 2013 a showcase of Nigel’s music was performed at the Bitter End in NYC, rendered by internationally acclaimed soloists Steve Wilson and two-time Grammy winner Roy Hargrove. Nigel’s most recent collaboration has been with the Brodowski String Quartet and saxophonist Frank Griffith for an extended composition in the String Festival at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club in Dean Street, Soho.
Nigel is a visiting tutor in arranging at Goldsmith’s College and provides occasional private tuition.
He has released two albums of his work, After a Journey and Bigger Pictures.
Reviews of Nigel’s first release, "After a Journey":
"Imaginatively orchestrated...vibrantly performed by some of the best session players around. Waddington’s scoring exudes confidence and panache, reshaping tried and tested big band traditions in a more contemporary idiom”.
- John Chadwick (Jazz Journal International)
"The influences are of the best, but I was especially reminded at times of Bob Brookmeyer and Kenny Wheeler. If you want to hear some good contemporary big-band writing then I suggest you get Nigel Waddington’s After a Journey".
- Dick Walter in Musician Magazine
Nigel’s 2010 release, "Bigger Pictures", features Claire Martin, Steve Waterman, Derek Watkins and Martin Shaw with a 40-piece ensemble of London session players including strings and woodwinds from the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.
Mike Gibbs writes: “Captivating new big band/orchestral music arranged, crafted and mostly composed by the finely honed pen and ear of Nigel Waddington. Where Has He Been?”