"This is a recording dominated by originals from its leader which sing naturally and memorably. Manson enjoys little parabolic phrases which he repeats and then turns into lengthy runs. He has a very light, nimble touch and he puts each note exactly where he wants it. Anderson and Ivester match him with concision and a total absence of bombast.
This trio is a Trio!"
Review by Andrew Freund, Earshot Jazz, April 1995
Nick has often been a favorite featured guest on Jim Wilke's "Jazz in the Northwest", KPLU jazz radio. He has recorded and/or performed with jazz and pop artists John Patitucci, Andy Suzuki, Ernestine Anderson, Jay Thomas, Bud Shank, B.B. King, Plas Johnson, Steve Huffstetter, Kim Richmond, Chuck Manning,The DMQ, Robert Kyle, Jeff Kashiwa (formerly of The Rippingtons), Bruce Conte (Tower of Power),Al McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire), Lenny Kravitz, Will Calhoun (Living Color), Deniece Williams, Steve Ferrone, Alphonze Mouzon, Tom Brechtline, as well as gospel artists, Roby Duke, The Katinas and Terry Clark.
Originally from Seattle, Nick studied classical piano, privately for many years. He began writing music for big band as a sophomore in high school. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and the
Dick Grove School in Los Angeles. He has performed, arranged, and produced on numerous occasions in the past 25 years for TV, Film, and Commercials.
Nick is also a two time EMMY Award recipient for music production on TV’s "How 'Bout That?”