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Joshua Nicholls - WAAPA Graduation Recital

Monday 04 November 9.00pm

Joshua Nicholls is a jazz guitarist, composer and arranger currently studying at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2019 Joshua was selected as the Associate Composer-in-Residence with the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, premiering an extended original jazz composition at the 2019 King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival. During his time at WAAPA, he has studied and performed in the USA and France, and played alongside notable musicians including Rai Thistlethwayte (SYD), Sébastien Paindestre (FRA), Daniel Susnjar (PER), and his unique arrangements have been performed by Alana McPherson Plus Eleven (Mace Francis), JoFoo Music and Funked Up Brass (Matilda Simcock).

Joshua’s music is an eclectic blend of his early heroes Dream Theater and Led Zeppelin, jazz influences Bill Evans, Ari Hoenig and Marty Paich, along with a dash of unexplained craziness. Musical styles vary wildly throughout his catalogue, with funk, prog, free jazz, metal and cool-school elements present within his music. The one common thread: an infectious groove.

Joshua Nicholls’ graduation recital is a culmination of the 5 years of his Jazz studies at WAAPA, and will showcase his latest compositions and arrangements performed by his original jazz octet, Joshua Nicholls Plus Seven, and feature some incredible Perth musicians:

Joshua Nicholls – Guitar/Conductor/Vocals

Harry Josland – Trumpet

Claire Keet: Alto Saxophone

Maximilian Wickham: Tenor Saxophone / Soprano Saxophone

Steven Bickley: Trombone / Bass Trombone

Jemima Mills: Baritone Saxophone / Flute

Alistair Peel: Bass

William Chiew: Drums

Featuring special guests:

James O’Brien: Piano

Julian Nicholls: Violin

Angus Lawrie: Vocals

Aleia Matthews-Jukes: Vocals

Matilda Simcock: Vocals


Firstly, I’d like to thank the Ellington Jazz Club and its staff for letting us play in this incredible jazz venue.

Thank you to WAAPA for giving me a world-class music education, with incredible staff, facilities and venues, that have inspired me every day to do the best I can.

I’d like to thank my incredible band, who’ve managed to bring my weird music to life with their incredible dedication, support and absolutely killer playing. Without you guys I’d just be a weirdo in my bedroom listening to shoddy computerised versions of my music, wishing I had some mates to play along with.

An enormous thank you to all my music lecturers and tutors over the years at WAAPA and beyond. Your combined wisdom, instruction and support have inspired me to push boundaries and move people through my music. Special mentions go to Mace Francis, for handing me the toolkit for large ensemble composition and arranging and for always believing in my potential, and to Freddie Grigson for supporting my growth as a guitarist and all-round musician.

Thank you to all my friends, everyone who’s ever come to one of my gigs, listened to my songs, given me advice or supported me in my career, you all make playing gigs a little less terrifying.

To my incredible parents, Marion and Phil, for always supporting my musical aspirations, coming to every gig, taping my charts when I’m in a rush, feeding me when I’m looking thin, and for loving my music as much as you love me. I literally wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for you.

And last but not least my incredible beautiful fiancée Zoe, for always being by my side, being a shoulder to whinge on, accidentally supplying me with musical inspiration, for letting me subject you to (and eventually appreciate) instrumental jazz music. I await your excited fangirl screams from the audience.


All WAAPA Graduation Recitals are ticketed separately. If you wish to attend multiple recitals, please purchase tickets separately for each recital that you wish to attend.


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