Nicholas Dyson is one of Ottawa’s busiest trumpeters. He performs reguarly with
The Beeched Wailers, Los Gringos, Rob Frayne’s Dream Band, The Yohawks, and Tilda.
Nicholas has also played with the National Arts Centre Orchestra Pops, Ottawa
Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau, Capital Brassworks, and
musical theatre shows such as A Chorus Line, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,
Drowsy Chaperone and The Producers. Nicholas has also worked with Dave Brubeck,
Roy Hargrove Big Band, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole,
Jamie Cullum, Kim Massie, Paul Anka, The Temptations, The Coasters, The Platters,
Solomon Douglas Swingtet, Patrick Watson and Broken Social Scene.
Nicholas has contributed to albums by Solomon Douglas Swingtet, Tilda, That’s The
Spirit, SoulJazz Orchestra ('Rising Sun' 2011 JUNO nomination and 'Solidarity' (2013
JUNO nomination), Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays, Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato
Mashers, The Yohawks, Orienteers, Phil Motion & the Easy Lo-Fi, plus a live concert
recording for Radio Canada with Los Gringos.
In addition to maintaining a busy private trumpet studio, Nicholas is the director of
Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra. CYJO is an educationally driven jazz big band, made up
primarily of students from area universities that made their debut in April 2009.
Nicholas teaches trumpet and ensembles at Carleton University, is a CU Jazz Camp
faculty member, and hosts Trumpet Bootcamp at Alcorn Music Studios.