Nick Haywood and Tim Stevens

Appearing in 2 x 1 x 3*, 8.15pm, Thursday 29 October

Leading figures of Melbourne Jazz bookend a retrospective photo essay commissioned by the Festival of Roger Mitchell.

Nick Haywood and Tim Stevens*

Stills in Motion – A Retrospective

Keller I Murphy I Ball*

*Previously unreleased footage from the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative’s 2016 concert in memoriam of legendary Australian jazz drummer, Allan Browne

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Browne – Haywood – Stevens was formed in (about) 1994 after gigs with vocalist, Lisa Roberts brought Al, Nick and Tim together. Original music was prioritised, and the band was conceived as a co-operative: no leader. Al did all the talking and Tim wrote the tunes but the collaborative spirit was always at the forefront of the music-making. BHS played most regularly at Bennetts Lane on Monday evenings, but performed also at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, the Pinnacles Festival in Queensland, and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. It made two albums, King, Dude and Dunce (1995) and Sudden in a shaft of sunlight (1998).


This collaborative trio was formed in the mid 1990s and played regularly until the early 2000s. Drummer Allan Browne, bassist Nick Haywood and pianist Tim Stevens performed original tunes composed by Stevens and standard jazz repertoire. The trio was best known for deep listening, focused interaction and willingness to explore uncharted territory.

The trio recorded two albums, “King, Dude and Dunce” in 1996 and “Sudden in a Shaft if Sunlight” in 1998 with the latter being shortlisted for an Aria award in 1999.

The trio had a long-standing Monday night residency at Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club and also performed at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, the Melbourne International Jazz festival as well as festival and club appearances in Sydney and Brisbane.

Nick Haywood Bio

Over the past forty years Nick Haywood has become one of the most in demand bassists and educators on the Australian music scene. He has impressive performance and recording credits with both Australian and international artists. Nick has performed at major festivals and concerts in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Europe, China and the USA.

Nick has been a featured artist on approximately 100 CD’s and has been nominated for numerous ARIA awards. He is the 2012 recipient of the Australian Jazz “Bell Award” for Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album and the 2016 Australian Jazz “Bell Award” for Best Australian Small Ensemble. He is also the recipient of the 2012 APRA Art Music State Award, the award being for Excellence in Jazz. He has performed at many major jazz festivals, both in Australia and internationally.

Nick was commissioned to present a series of concerts at the 2018 MONAFOMA festival in Hobart, featuring the music of Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. The concerts featured Haden’s daughter, Petra Haden, alongside 11 of Australia’s finest improvising musicians. Nick was also an Artist in Residence at MONA for the festival.

Nick was invited to present 2 concerts at the 2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival with Petra Haden. The theme of these concerts was “Songs from my Father” and featured songs written by and/or inspired by Petra’s father Charlie Haden. The concerts received outstanding reviews with some critics calling it the highlight of the festival and a recording of the Festival performances is due to be released by ABC Jazz in 2020.

Some of the artists Nick has performed and/or recorded with are:

Selected Australian Performance Credits

Tony Gould, Allan Browne, Don Burrows, James Morrison, Joe Camilleri, The Black Sorrows, Deborah Conway, John Sangster, Paul Grabowsky, Mark Isaacs,  Tiddas , Vince Jones, Bernie McGann, Bennett’s Lane Big Band, Eugene Ball, Andrea Keller, The Freeboppers, Ted Vining, Dale Barlow.

Selected International Performance Credits

Mark Murphy, Billy Harper, Malcolm Pinsen, Nat Adderley, Louie Bellson, Joe Williams, Buddy de Franco, George Chisholm, Brian Ritchie, Kenny Kirkland, Gerry Bergonzi, Junior Cook, Andrew Sterman, Buddy Greco, Claire Martin, Bobby Shew, Pete Christlieb, Valeri Ponamarev, Bob Gullotti, Salvatore Bonafede, Jack Parnell, Petra Haden, Doug Webb, Frank Potenza, Paul Kreibich, Mickey Tucker, Olavi Olouhvira, Kelavi Olouhvira, Jari Perkiomaki, Mirko Guerrini.

Nick has presented master classes at universities and music colleges around the world and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Music at the University of Tasmania.