Bass lessons are available with Nick Henderson (electric and double bass) and Saul Richardson (electic bass).

Nick Henderson, B. Mus. (Hons)

Double bass and Electric Bass.


Nick Henderson is an accomplished and experienced teacher of both electric and acoustic bass, and also guitar. He aims to inspire students and nurture a love for the instrument. He also aims to introduce students to a range of styles including rock, blues, jazz and metal. He is familiar with HSC music.

Nick is a graduate with a bachelor of music (Jazz Studies) with 1st class Honours from the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He majored in electric and double bass. His teachers there included Craig Scott, Mike Nock, and Matt McMahon. He performs and composes for several groups including instrumental hip hop outfit ‘lightcycle’ and the acclaimed jazz trio ‘Hieronymus’.

As a high school student Nick attended The Hills Grammar School where he was Music Captain. He achieved a band 6, the highest possible result, in Music 2 and extension, and was nominated for the annual HSC Encore concert for outstanding HSC performers. He auditioned for the Con on guitar and bass and was given an early round offer. He studied electric bass and jazz improvisation with Saul Richardson, played in combos and big bands at Jazz Workshop Australia and was a member of the Sydney Youth Jazz Orchestra. At JWA he played alongside future Hieronymous Trio members Emma Stephenson and Oli Nelson. He has toured the USA in big bands from Jazz Workshop Australia and The Sydney conservatorium.


Saul Richardson, B.Ed (Hons), MACE

Electric bass only

Saul Richardson is Principal and co-owner of Jazz Workshop Australia. He is a guitarist and bass player who graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours in Education and the University Medal in 1995. He studied Jazz guitar under Steve Brien and Steve McKenna, and conducting with Jerry Nowak. He is an internationally recognized Jazz educator, and served two years as Australasian representative on the Executive Board of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE).

Richardson worked from 1991 to 2011 at North Sydney Boys’ High School where he established and developed a well-known Jazz program, which became widely regarded as a benchmark of excellence in its field in Australia. He was recognized by the (IAJE) at their January 2004 conference for his outstanding service to Jazz Education. He also directed the NSW Arts Unit Stage Band for many years. leading them to a series of podium finishes at the National Stage Band Awards in Mt Gambier, including a first place in their debut year at the event.

As a performer he has worked with many of Australia’s leading Jazz artists and groups including Ed Wilson, John Morrison and Swing City Big Band, Andrew Firth, Roger Frampton, Don Burrows, Col Nolan, Keith Stirling and Tony and Bob Barnard. He has performed throughout Australia, the UK and Europe and in the USA. Mr Richardson is also director of the NSW Department of Education and Training Arts Unit Stage Band and has previously directed the Blue Riff big band and the Powerhouse big band. He is a founding member of IAJE in NSW and works as a clinician, consultant and adjudicator.

Saul’s HSC students consistently achieve outstanding results in music performance and gain entry to tertiary jass studies courses. Provided a student is prepared to work, Saul can help them become an excellent player.

Some of Saul Richardson’s past students have included Simon Ferenci, National Jazz Award winning pianist Jackson Harrison, Dale Gorfinkel, Jeremy Rose, Jamie Castrisos, Scott Simpkins, Robert Sidaway, Andrew Brooks, Martin Wieczorek, and many other fine young musicians now making their own mark on the Australian Jazz scene. Graduates of his programs and ensembles can be found studying tertiary music across Australia, working professionally as performers and educators, or simply appreciating and hearing Jazz with discerning ears.

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