Bob Nieske

Director, Brandeis Jazz Ensemble

Bob Nieske (bass) has worked with Jimmy Giuffre, the Either/Orchestra, George Russell and Stephane Grappelli. As bassist, composer and bandleader, his projects include a suite for his jazz trio, and the Lydian String Quartet, documented on his critically acclaimed CD “Simplicity.” He is director of the Brandeis Jazz Ensemble and an artist in residence in music at New England Conservatory.

Billy Novick (clarinet) is internationally recognized as a musician, performer, arranger and composer. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has made spotlight appearances at numerous festivals around the world, .

Novick composed the scores for The Washington Ballet's The Great Gatsby and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. His jugband adaptation of Peter and the Wolf (on Alcazar Records, with Dave Van Ronk narrating) premiered in New York's Lincoln Center in 1992, and his orchestral arrangements have been performed throughout the US and Europe.


A man playing a clarinet next to a man playing an upright bass

Bob Nieske and Billy Novick, "I've Grown Accustomed to His Face"

A man playing the clarinet next to a man playing the upright bass.

Bob Nieske and Billy Novick, "Estate"