Nick Sanders Trio
“On the second Saturday of this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Sanders and the New York-based musicians that make up the Nick Sanders Trio had the Jazz Tent stage all to themselves. Their set was an acknowledgement of how far Sanders has progressed as a composer, arranger and performer. He is progressive in the best sense of the adjective — seemingly incapable of a hackneyed gesture or a squandered phrase.
This outing, with drummer Connor Baker and bassist Henry Fraser in mutually intuitive fettle, impressed with its efficiency of artistic purpose.”
– The New Orleans Times-Picayune
I met Henry and Connor five years ago when they were freshmen at the New England Conservatory. We became great friends and started playing together often.
I soon realized there was something special about Henry’s playing, because he took risks harmonically but could somehow keep everything grounded. He’s extremely inventive with the way he interacts musically which gives me a lot of inspiration and pushes me to play more creatively.
After playing with a few drummers, I found Connor who perfectly complemented what I was going for in the new music I’d been writing. He’s a great listener, is sensitive and doesn’t overplay! What makes the trio so intimate for me is the fact that we’re good friends. We know each other so well personally and musically, and we’ve played together so often that the performances have become virtually spontaneous.
Connor Baker, drummer, was raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts and
received his B.F.A. from the New England Conservatory in 2014.
He studied with Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Katarina Miljkovic, Anthony Coleman, and
many others while at NEC. Connor currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Born in Boston, MA, Henry Fraser began playing piano and cello in elementary school, and
switched to the upright bass in high school. Since then, Henry has traveled to Europe and
South America to perform, recorded as a sideman for Sunnyside records, and has performed
at notable festivals, including the Panama Jazz Fest and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Henry composes frequently – with a particular interest in both graphic notation for large ensemble
improvisation and the reinterpretation “early jazz” repertoire – along with maintaining his busy
schedule of sideman work. Henry also has extensive teaching experience, ranging from teaching
individual bass students, to giving master classes to jazz combos and entire big bands in the
United States and abroad. Henry received his BM from New England Conservatory of Music in
the spring of 2014 and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.