Award-winning trombonist Nick Lombardelli is eager to share his music with the world. His debut album Secret Suite explores a territory between hard bop and classical, heavily inspired by artists like Miles Davis/Gil Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Shostakovich, Ahmad Jamal, and many others. Secret Suite is a five-movement suite, with a combination of through-composed orchestrations and improv-based tunes. Nick’s interest in composing and arranging originated from his time at The University Of The Arts, which has led to opportunities writing and arranging for Cynthia Erivo, The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philly POPS, The Mason Brothers, and more. Nick has also had opportunities to perform with artists like Ben Folds, Jamie Cullum, Cory Wong, Nestor Torres, Pablo Batista, and Larry McKenna.
Nick has been in Philadelphia for 10 years, but he was raised just over the bridge in Berlin, NJ. A lifelong musician, Nick began studying piano from his mother, a classical pianist, at age 3, before shifting focus to trombone in grade school. Nick is currently working on his next project for a chordless ensemble, inspired by hard bop groups like Max Roach and Booker Little’s bands, as well as more avant garde players like Woody Shaw. Although Nick’s original music is primarily jazz-focused, Nick also loves working with funk, rock, salsa, and pop groups. Nick has recently played with or written for local artists Pablo Batista, Laura Lizcano, Nik Greeley And The Operators, and Wack Cheddar.